On February 21 and 22, 2023, a 2-day Global Summit of Women was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). FundLife was invited to join this prestigious gathering of Prominent stateswomen, faith leaders, entrepreneurs, social activists, cultural personalities, media celebrities, and scholars from more than 100 countries. Invited by the International Youth Council, the gathering provided an opportunity for FundLife to share its ongoing efforts to ensure every single girl and young woman has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential.
The purpose of the summit was to discuss the various roles of women in different areas of society – media, politics, philanthropy and humanities, the media and creative industries, and in education and sciences; as well as the weight and importance of these roles. During the conference, notable women leaders spoke about their experiences and discussed among the panel pressing matters where women are concerned.
Ms. Marie Angelique Villamor, Programs Lead for Girls and Women, was the representative of FundLife. Being a girl and woman advocate, she described her experience at the summit as a perfect avenue for women from different parts of the world to discuss important matters, especially the impactful roles and results of women in nation building, awareness-raising, and social inclusivity. More than simply being part of the summit, she gained different insights on how women can impact society and become partners for change and sustainability alongside their male counterparts. She also added that all women present in the summit each brought with them their advocacies, and the summit magnified their advocacies as each one of them are mirrors of each other.
The Global Women Summit of 2023 would not be possible without the patronage of Her Highness, Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation and the Chairwoman of General Women’s Union – United Arab Emirates, the Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), the World Muslim Communities Council (TWMCC), and of course, the International Youth Council, who provided the opportunity for FundLife to participate in this prestigious event.
We look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship with the ITY and being part of future gatherings to promote equitable opportunities for all girls and women in the world.