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NAMA, Sweden discuss women’s advancement
By our business bureau April 08, 2018
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SHARJAH/STOCKHOLM: The Sharjah-based women’s development entity, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) concluded a high-level visit to Stockholm, Sweden, where they exchanged successful’ experiences in women’s welfare policies, discussing areas of mutual cooperation between UAE and Swedish institutions in the field of women’s empowerment

During the three-day visit from April 4-6, NAMA was in discussions with multiple Swedish government bodies learning about the successful applications of pro-women policies in Sweden, and gained insights into how these institutions have steered issues of welfare politics, gender relations, family policies, children’s welfare, education and entrepreneurship, and the Swedish labour market, to enhance women’s participation in economy.

The Swedish Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Swedish Insurance Agency and the Stockholm Chambers of Commerce – the most important hub in the country for the promotion of international business, were some of the bodies the delegation visited.

Along with NAMA, the delegation comprised representatives of the several Sharjah entities including Sheikha Hind Al Qassimi, Acting Chairperson of the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) – a NAMA affiliate; Erum Mazher Alvie, Senior Advisor, The Executive Office of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi (HHEO) and NAMA executive board member; Nada Al Lawati, NAMA Executive Board Member, and Jassem Al Blooshi, Board of Trustee Member, Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators.

Sheikha Hind bint Majid Al Qasimi pointed out that the main purpose of this visit was to take a closer look at the Swedish welfare state experience and discuss ways of enhancing partnerships to exchange UAE and Swedish experiences in several areas, including the advancement of women.

“In the past four decades, the UAE has succeeded in establishing a society of which women constitute the bedrock; sharing equal responsibility in nation-building efforts. Since the 1930s, Swedish cultural policy has put emphasis on providing equal access for men and women to all basic needs and rights that lead to them leading a quality life. It is a great system and there is much to learn from it to further enhance our local realities.

“At NAMA, we are following the directives of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, President of NAMA, to absorb international expertise in the women’s empowerment, part of which is to strengthen our global partnerships.”

She continued: “The delegation wanted to understand the Swedish concept of a feminist government, the specific contributions of local ministries on issues of equal representation in the workforce, and the tangible differences that benchmarking and data gathering have on the framing and revision of policies, to gain a deeper insight into Swedish society and their women empowerment practices.”

During the delegation’s visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Håkan Emsgård, Ambassador - Department for Middle East and North Africa, Sweden, spoke about the long-term value of such exchanges.

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