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Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Beijing and United Nations in China Co-host Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM

07 December 2021

Beijing, 7 December 2021 - To promote women’s participation and success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the UN in China and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Beijing co-hosted the Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM, together with participation from government, research institutes, international organizations, diplomatic community, and the private sector.

Participants at Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM
Caption: Participants at Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM

The event was welcomed by opening remarks from H.E. Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to China and Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in China. It also featured two panel discussions with insights shared on the progress of empowering women in STEM in the UAE, shared by Dr. Saeeda Al Marzooqi, Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology from the UAE University, Hajer Ali Rashed Alyammahi, PhD Student at Khalifa University, and Noora Alsaeed, PhD Candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Participants at Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM
Caption: Participants at Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM

Women’s equality and empowerment is one of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world, as women and girls represent half of the world’s population, hence half of its potential. In the face of the challenges presented by COVID-19, which exacerbates the existing inequalities, the UAE is committed to creating a progressive, moderate society where women already hold leadership roles in all sectors and industries.  

“Of the UAE government ministers, 29 percent are women, as are 50 percent of our Federal National Council. According to the IMF, the UAE ranked first in female parliamentary representation in 2020,” said H.E. Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to China. “Not only have Emirati women led in government or business, but in the sciences as well. Over 90 percent of the Emirates Mars Mission scientific team is composed of women.”

said H.E. Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to China
Caption: H.E. Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the UAE Ambassador to China

Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in China said that greater efforts are needed from the international community. “Immediate actions are required from us to ensure that women and girls are included, as active leaders in the development of all social sectors. This is especially important in the fields of STEM development.”

Siddharth Chatterjee, the UN Resident Coordinator in China
Caption: Siddharth Chatterjee, the UN Resident Coordinator in China

Concurrent to the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the PRC's lawful seat in the United Nations, the event aimed to promote awareness across a diverse audience base. Exchanges and insights sparked during the dialogue were shared by participants from ILO, UN Women, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, All China Women’s Federation, Alibaba Foundation, China Women’s University and more.

Smriti Aryal, Head of Office for UN Women in China
Caption: Smriti Aryal, Head of Office for UN Women in China

 

For further information, please contact:

UAE Embassy to China, Culture Section, +86 106532 7650

Louise Xi LI, Head of Communications, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in China

Tel: +8610-85320725, Email: xi.li@un.org

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Beijing and United Nations in China Co-host Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM

Louise Xi Li

Louise Xi Li

RCO
Head of Communications

UN entities involved in this initiative

ILO
International Labour Organization
RCO
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund

Goals we are supporting through this initiative