Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Dubai Women’s College (DWC) will inaugurate its annual Insight Dubai 5-day conference focusing on women and empowerment in the Arab world on April 4, 2010.
The conference, which this year is generously sponsored by Dr. Suliman’s Al Fahim Group and Roots Social Support Voluntary Group, brings together more than 150 Emirati and international students to discuss and exchange knowledge on women’s issues.
Organized for the sixth time, Insight Dubai aims to expand participants’ global awareness regarding differing views on selected women’s issues, as well as exploring Arabic governance structures and legal systems.
The interactive style of the conference also allows its participants to dispel cultural myths about women and facilitate lasting bonds and networks between conference participants through academic, cultural and entertainment experiences.
“I believe that Insight Dubai conference is a life-changing experience for the young women who participate. Getting the chance to spend a significant amount of time engaged in meaningful discussions about leadership and global issues with women from 35 countries results in a new way of seeing the world and building lifelong bridges between cultures.” said Dr. Monica Gallant, Business Department Chair at DWC and Co-chair of Insight Dubai conference.
Dr. Suliman’s Al Fahim, IIMSAM’s Good-well Ambassador, and the main sponsor of Insight Dubai Conference said that the main reason behind sponsoring Insight Dubai is that he found it as an opportunity to support Emirati young women, and encourage them to take the lead in major fields. “Empowerment of female role in the society and work field is core,” he said.
“Social and charity support work are so close for each other as they are an integrated efforts, I believe supporting educational institutions will support us in encouraging individuals to contribute to this flied, it will raise awareness about individuals responsibilities in our country and it will lead young Emiratis to lead from the front.”
International students participating in this year’s Insight Dubai event will come from Haiti, Italy, Afghanistan, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Palestine, USA, Poland, Germany, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Australia, Latvia, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal.
Emirati and international students will interact in a large variety of activities including participation as a foreign diplomat in a simulated United Nations Security Council crisis, role playing a Sharia Court case, and acting as a participant in a Majlis discussing an important global issue.
Panel discussions regarding local issues such as leadership of women in the Middle East in general and the United Arab Emirates in particular, as well as lectures on Human Trafficking and Autism will also take place.
To showcase the educational systems in Dubai, the organizers of the conference designed a Poster Competition for Emirati high school students to raise awareness about “Autism in UAE”. The winners will receive a price and a chance to attend the Autism day at the conference.
The conference will also include site visits to Zayed Grand Mosque, the Federal National Council, and the Heritage Village in order to add to the participants’ understanding of the local environment. The program also includes several contributions by Arab women leaders.
Prior to the event, a special cultural awareness workshop was held in preparation for the upcoming Insight Dubai conference. This gathering was significant since international students and local students will work together in small groups to examine important global issues.
Wael Al-Sayegh, a UAE national cultural consultant and founder of ALGHAF HRC Cultural Consultants, presented the session to help the students formulate culturally sensitive ways to explain local culture. The students debated how to answer questions such as “Why do local women wear black?” and “How do you feel about arranged marriages?” which are typical questions often asked by international students.
“This session is very helpful for the students. While they certainly know their own culture, they often have difficulty explaining it to others, especially in English,” Dr. Monica Gallant said.
For more information visit http://dwc.hct.ac.ae/insight-dubai/home.html