SAMEAWS 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

The South America- Africa- Middle East- Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS) 2016  
October 11, 2016
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SAMEAWS 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

South America- Africa -Middle East- Asia Women Summit 2016


The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), a leading gender empowerment, and human capacity development-based organization, in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), held the 4th edition of its Annual South America- Africa -Middle East- Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS) in collaboration with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), USA; on 13 December 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai – UAE.

The SAMEAWS 2016, bought together, the most influential women leaders and stakeholders from four regions of the world including the First Lady of the Republic of South Africa – Her Excellency Madam Bongi Ngema – Zuma; The First Lady of the Republic of Ethiopia – Her Excellency Madam Roman Tesfaye; Representatives of the Spouse of the president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, among many other distinguished guests and dignitaries.

The 4th edition of the South America- Africa -Middle East- Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS), with the theme: “Scaling up the rise of women leaders in emerging economies,’’ which converged delegates from five regions and over 35 countries around the world, created a platform for stakeholders within these regions to consolidate efforts in supporting and scaling up opportunities for women leaders in the regions as well as deliberate on sustainable ways of multiplying the number of women in leadership positions in emerging economies; thereby creating diverse possibilities for upcoming women leaders.

Opening the summit, Executive Director of Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), Mrs. Furo Giami welcomed the guests and representatives from various world regions; stating that the Summit was an opportunity to deliberate on sustainable ways of multiplying the number of women in leadership positions in emerging economies.

Mrs. Furo Giami Executive Director of CELD

Mrs. Furo Giami Executive Director of CELD

The Summit started with a welcome charge by Dr. Tariq Ahmed Nizami, The Founder of the CEO Clubs Networks Worldwide

Dr. Tariq Ahmed Nizami, Founder - CEO Clubs Networks Worldwide

Dr. Tariq Ahmed Nizami, Founder – CEO Clubs Networks Worldwide

This followed with a welcome charge by a representative of our strategic partners the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL WOMEN), Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus,Member of the Georgia General AssemblyUSA

 

Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus– USA

Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus– USA

The keynote titled: Women Leaders; A fail safe Investment for Emerging Economies was delivered by: H.E. Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma, First lady of the Republic of South Africa and H.E. Madam Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

 

H.E. Madam Bongi Ngema – Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa

H.E. Madam Bongi Ngema – Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa

 Her Excellency, Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma took the stage, thanking the organizers of the SAMEAWS 2016, for inviting her and welcoming all participants, to the Summit, which she referred to as a “Gathering of Champions”.

In her keynote address on the theme of the event, H.E. Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma titled: A fail safe Investment for Emerging Economies- Women, she stated that scaling up women leaders is a good investment, and emerging economies can yield a good return on this. The First Lady therefore implored emerging economies to consolidate efforts in supporting and scaling up opportunities for women leaders.

Madam Ngema-Zuma opined some of the achievements of the South African government in the empowering women, saying that South Africa government is leading by example in walking the talk. Some of the achievements she highlighted are the creation of the Ministry of Women based in the Presidency, Oprah Winfrey School for girls, and lead-lead institutions such as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and various companies.

Her Excellency also spoke about the noble work of her foundation, Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation in fighting diabetes which continues to affect many women across the continent; stating that through various campaigns and programmes, hundreds of women are now acutely alive to the reality of illnesses with proper education on how best to manage them and live longer.      

 H.E. Madam Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

H.E. Madam Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

The first lady of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E Roman Tesfaye Abneh in her address titled: Women Leaders; A fail safe Investment for Emerging Economies, recognized the root cause of the setback in addressing inequality as the discrepancy between statuary achievements and actual practices, arguing that there have been constitutional provisions guaranteeing equality between women and men, but in practice there have been no equal opportunities between same.

She opined that the social, economic and political empowerment of women is an unequivocal means of achieving gender equality. Madam Abneh admitted that though this requires high-level political commitment and investment, it is worth making as the benefits which are manifolds in the short and long-run is good for the economy.

The first lady discussed the successes Ethiopia has achieved in this regards. Having invested significantly on the education of girls as well as on maternal and child health, with interventions implemented to improve the status of women, the numbers of Ethiopian women in higher learning institutions are increasing, with increase in women representation in the formal workforce and 38.8% of women representation in the parliament.

The representative of HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum delivered the keynote remarks on behalf of the Patron.

Delivering the Keynote Address on behalf of the Patron

Delivering the Keynote Address on behalf of the Patron

There was a brief networking tea break and group photographs by guests and participants, after which the summit convened for the second part of presentations by Speakers.

PRESENTATIONS

The first presentation on Women Rising in Emerging Economies was delivered by Dr. Hibah Shata, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, Dubai – UAE. She spoke on Dealing with the Limitations and Barriers that women have to face while rising in leadership positions.

 

Dr. Hibah Shata, Co-Founder & MD Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, Dubai

Dr. Hibah Shata, Co-Founder & MD Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, Dubai

The Second presentation was titled: The Leadership Challenge- An expose on the unfulfilled mandates of women in positions of power. Here, Dr. Fatima Sbaity Kassem PhD. Former Director, UN-ESCWA Centre for Women, leadership challenge is the strive of both men and women, however women are faced with glass ceilings and hurdles to positions of power due to patriarchal values, cultural, traditions & norms and an internal but intangible and invisible women unfriendly party politics and political culture.

 

Dr. Fatima Sbaity Kassem PhD., Former Director, UN-ESCWA Centre for Women

Dr. Fatima Sbaity Kassem PhD., Former Director, UN-ESCWA Centre for Women

 PANEL SESSION

The presentations were followed by an Expert Panel on “Revolutionizing the political and economic prospects for women in emerging economies”. The panel session, was moderated by Dr. Ken Giami, Chairman African Leadership Magazine. The panelists included: Dr. Asma Salman Ph.D. CFM, Chair-Department of Accounting and Finance, American University in the Emirates (AUE), Dr. Sabrina Joseph, Acting Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zayed University, Dubai-UAE, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), UAE, Dr. Kakul Agha, Assistant Professor, University City of Sharjah and Ms. Sandi Saskena, Empowerment Officer, Echelon Advisors and Management Consultants. The session was designed to trigger discussions on a number of radical steps and solutions required to position women in politics and business.

 

Panelists

L-R: Ms. Sandi Saskena, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

L-R: Ms. Sandi Saskena, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

 

L-R: Ms. Sandi Saskena, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

L-R: Ms. Sandi Saskena, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

 

L-R: Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

L-R: Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

 

L-R: Ms. Sandi Saskena, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

L-R: Ms. Sandi Saskena, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Dr. Asma Salman, Dr. Sabrina Joseph and Dr. Kakul Agha

 

Networking Tea Break

R – L: H. E. Madam Bongi Ngema – Zuma exchanging pleasantries with HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum

R – L: H. E. Madam Bongi Ngema – Zuma exchanging pleasantries with HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum

 

L – R: H. E. Madam Bongi Ngema – Zuma and H.E. Madam Roman Tesfaye

L – R: H. E. Madam Bongi Ngema – Zuma and H.E. Madam Roman Tesfaye

 

HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum shaking hands with Rep. Dee Dawkins- Haigler, Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus- USA

HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum shaking hands with Rep. Dee Dawkins- Haigler, Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus- USA

 

Cross section of guests and participants at SAMEAWS Dubai, 2016

Cross section of guests and participants at SAMEAWS Dubai, 2016

 

Cross section of guests and participants at SAMEAWS Dubai, 2016

Cross section of guests and participants at SAMEAWS Dubai, 2016

 

L-R: 2nd Left, H.E Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma (RSA), Middle H.E Madam Roman Tesfaye (DRE)

L-R: 2nd Left, H.E Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma (RSA), Middle H.E Madam Roman Tesfaye (DRE)

 

Participants from Nigeria (DEPOWA)

Participants from Nigeria (DEPOWA)

 

Awards Luncheon

 The networking Tea break was followed by the Unveiling of the Amazons Watch Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Women in Emerging Economies 2016, and the Presentation of US Congressional Commendations / The South America-Africa-Middle East- Asia Amazons Awards (SAMEAA) 2016 – The Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2016 by: Rep. Dee Dawkins- Haigler, Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus & Member of the Georgia General Assembly, USA.

Closing Charge

The Summit ended with a closing charge presented by Rep. Dee Dawkins- Haigler, Chair on the power of Confidence & Courage in the face of Challenges.

Award Presentations

H.E. Mr. Aye Khaing, Myanmar Ambassador to the State of Kuwait receiving Awards on behalf of H. E. Mrs. Su Su Lwin, spouse of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

H.E. Mr. Aye Khaing, Myanmar Ambassador to the State of Kuwait receiving Awards on behalf of H. E. Mrs. Su Su Lwin, spouse of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

 

H.E Bongi Ngema- Zuma receiving awards from HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum, Patron to the Summit

H.E Bongi Ngema- Zuma receiving awards from HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum, Patron to the Summit

 

H.E Roman Tesfaye receiving awards from HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum, Patron to the Summit

H.E Roman Tesfaye receiving awards from HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum, Patron to the Summit

 

Mrs Tabitha Karanja, CEO of Keroche Breweries, Kenya, displaying her award plaque

Mrs Tabitha Karanja, CEO of Keroche Breweries, Kenya, displaying her award plaque

 

Mrs Ivy Manly- Spain, CEO Hills Oil Marketing Limited, Ghana, receiving her awards

Mrs Ivy Manly- Spain, CEO Hills Oil Marketing Limited, Ghana, receiving her awards

 

L-R: Dr. Tariq Nizami, HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum, Dr. Fatima Sbaity Kassem, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Mrs. Omobolanle Olanisakin & Rep. Dee Dawkins

L-R: Dr. Tariq Nizami, HH Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum, Dr. Fatima Sbaity Kassem, Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Mrs. Omobolanle Olanisakin & Rep. Dee Dawkins

 

Mrs. Patience Nyaoga, receiving her Award for HH Sheikh Al Maktoum

Mrs. Patience Nyaoga, receiving her Award for HH Sheikh Al Maktoum

 

L-R; Dr. Nizami, HH Sheikh Al Maktoum, Mrs. Tabitha Karanja, Ms. Saira Khan, Mrs. Patience Nyaoga, Rep. Dee Dawkins and Mrs. Giami

L-R; Dr. Nizami, HH Sheikh Al Maktoum, Mrs. Tabitha Karanja, Ms. Saira Khan, Mrs. Patience Nyaoga, Rep. Dee Dawkins and Mrs. Giami

 

Networking Tea Break and Group Photographs

 The Summit was wrapped up with a Networking Tea break and Group Photographs of Guests and participants.

Awardees with the Patron, HH Sheikh Juma Al Maktoum

Awardees with the Patron, HH Sheikh Juma Al Maktoum

 

Awardees with the Patron, HH Sheikh Juma Al Maktoum

Awardees with the Patron, HH Sheikh Juma Al Maktoum

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