More than just an isolated effort, the Will Summit is the first program under the Will Initiative, a global thought leadership and action-oriented platform promoting women empowerment founded by Nervora. “The Will Summit will be the first of several programs under the Will Initiative, a groundbreaking platform that we are thrilled to launch,” comments Shashi Menon, Founder & CEO of Nervora, also underlining the importance of working alongside both UN Women and the General Women’s Union.
Across a series of activations, the focus will bring together Nervora, Vogue Arabia, UN Women, partner brands, guest speakers, and delegates to generate awareness, exchange experiences, address key topics, and launch programs related to women’s empowerment.
“The Will Summit will be the first of several programs under the Will Initiative, a groundbreaking platform that we are thrilled to launch”
~ Shashi Menon, Founder & CEO of Nervora”
Vogue Arabia is the Arab world’s edition of Vogue magazine. Distributed in Middle East countries, Vogue Arabia became the 22nd edition of Vogue when its first issue was published in March 2017.
Vogue Arabia is produced bilingually in Arabic and English, alongside its bilingual digital platform, Vogue.me. The magazine is distributed across the MENA countries – the first premium, dual language, fashion media brand speaking to the region.
“We believe that we have a real voice and a responsibility to shape social perceptions, and we are proud to be partners on an initiative of this magnitude. Every month, Vogue Arabia produces transformative pieces that highlight incredible female achievements in the Arab world, as well as call out calamities such as violence against women. More than ever, the voice of Vogue is the voice of our time” – Manuel Arnaut, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia
The General Women’s Union, under the chairmanship of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, was established on August 27, 1975 by Federal Law No. (6) of 1974 to serve as the national mechanism for the empowerment and entrepreneurship of women in the United Arab Emirates.
The vision is to promote women’s participation and empowerment in the UAE with sustainable development.
“We are delighted to be contributing to the WILL Summit’s agenda. Women have been a national priority for many years, and we are fortunate to have the leadership’s support at the highest level. Accordingly, it is important for us, as women, to leverage this support and continue to tackle stereotypes, wherever they exist” – H.E. Noura Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Women’s Union
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UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women. Founded in 2010, UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. UN Women works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities: advancing women’s political participation, promoting women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, and advancing the role of women in peace and security, and humanitarian action.
“We aim to call out gender biases across various industries and contribute to advancing Social Development Goal 5, which focuses on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. We are delighted to be partnering with Nervora and Vogue Arabia to raise awareness of the issues that women in our region face” – Dr. Mouza Al Shehhi, Director of the UN Women UAE Liaison Office for the GCC
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