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Following on from the success of the Young Arab Women Leaders: The Voice of the Future conferences in Amman, Beirut and Dubai in 2012, Palestine in 2013, London in 2011 and 2014, and Doha in 2015, the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) held its eighth conference of the series and its first ever event in Kuwait in October 2016.

The Young Arab Women Leaders initiative in Kuwait has the valued support of the Kuwait Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, which since its inception has delivered crucial backing to over 250 successful projects and initiatives to empower young Kuwaitis by facilitating the development of young entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders across a number of sectors and spheres and working closely with Kuwait’s leading universities on educational outreach initiatives designed to address societal issues that directly impact Kuwaiti youth.


The 8th Young Arab Women Leaders conference was opened by Guest of Honour Her Excellency Sheikha Al Zain S Al-Sabah, Under Secretary of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait, and aims to recognise and celebrate the contribution of business women in Kuwait and inspire the next generation of young Kuwaiti women leaders to contribute to the development of the national economy and to MENA economic growth overall. It will address how the public, private and civil sectors can help young people in business achieve their potential by launching and growing scalable, profitable businesses that will create jobs and positively impact Kuwait’s economy.


The 8th Young Arab Women Leaders conference addressed opportunities for collaboration between Kuwait and the international business community on developing and widening the role of women business leaders; exploring the challenges, prospects and success stories for women doing business in the MENA region and the unprecedented opportunities arising from technology and cross-border commerce; and the role that social media can play in promoting youth-led Arab entrepreneurship and mainstreaming the successes and challenges of Arab women entrepreneurs.


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