Sat 13-10-2018 18:07 PM
DUBAI, 13th October, 2018 (WAM) -- The Dubai Business Women Council, DBWC, announced that its total membership had increased by 36.5 percent during the first three quarters of the year.
The council added 216 new members during this period, 50 of whom joined during the third quarter of 2018. The new members bring the total number to 807, from 591 at the start of the year.
The increase in the membership reflects the important role of the council in supporting businesswomen and enhancing their competitiveness in the country’s labour market.
The council also announced that it had organised 42 workshops and seminars during the first nine months of the year, which included 11 training seminars during the third quarter. Some 349 participants took part in these activities during the third quarter of 2018, which represents a growth rate of 14.4 percent when compared to the third quarter of 2017.
Since the beginning of the year, 1,250 participants took part in the council’s workshops and seminars, which reflects the close alignment between the topics of the council’s events and the professional needs of the members, as well as the success of these activities in equipping members with the skills and expertise that help enhance their economic endeavours.
Dr. Raja Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council, stated that the council has cemented its status as a leading platform for businesswomen in Dubai, as well as a vital resource that helps empower them to succeed in their professional lives.
Al Gurg remarked that the growth in the council’s total membership is due to the global reputation it has cultivated for its efforts in supporting businesswomen. This has been achieved by organising various programmes and initiatives that empower women to excel in the country’s labour market.
The seminars that the council organised during the third quarter of the year were on topics such as corporate governance of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, across the Gulf region, and the use of modern technologies such as videos to promote businesses and achieve success, in addition to various other topics that are related to innovation in developing activities and services.
The DBWC has also continued in its efforts to support women by launching a unique initiative during the first quarter of the year titled "DBWC Mentorship Programme." Coinciding with the Year of Zayed, the programme was launched by the council to give working women the skills and expertise that they need to excel and innovate.
The programme formed strategic partnerships with a variety of local and international leading companies, in addition to experts that work in various sectors, to benefit businesswomen by offering free consultations and advice that help them apply the best practices in their specialties. During the third quarter of this year, the 18 participants of the programme continued their monthly meetings with mentors in order to develop their skills and expertise.
The council received two international delegations during the third quarter of the year, which included a meeting with the Ambassador of Serbia in the UAE to discuss ways to enhance the economic relations between the two sides, as well as an exclusive roundtable meeting with Yannick Glemarec, United Nations, UN, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme in UN Women. During the latter meeting, the discussion was mostly around methods of enhancing cooperation to empower women in the business community.