Supporting Women's Work in the UAE: Transitions, Trajectories, and Intersections


WHEN January 11, 2015
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

This panel explores the various ways of supporting women’s work in the UAE that go beyond “fixing” the women to transforming the contexts in which they live and work: families, markets, and social policy. Representatives from the education, entrepreneurship, private, and public sectors discuss cutting-edge research and private-public partnerships that support work-life balance strategies, nationalization efforts, and social policy aimed at encouraging women’s employment. In examining different ways to conceptualize women’s non-linear career paths, the panel moves away from simplistic stereotypes about women’s “preferences” or assumptions about their “choices” to a characterization of the micro mechanisms that facilitate their learning, career development, and long-term well-being.

The Status of Working Women in the Middle East

Simultaneous Arabic interpretation will be provided. 


Fatima Al-Shamsi Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi 
Rabea Ataya Founder and CEO,
Anisa Al-Sharif Entrepreneur and former Director of Policy and Strategy for Socioeconomic Development, The Executive Council, Dubai

Moderated by
  • May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, Akkasah: Center for Photography, NYUAD

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