The 2nd German-Arab Women’s Forum

  • October 24, 2013
  • Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Following the success of the 1st Women’s Network Forum in 2012 and as part of the German-Arab Mentoring Project, the EMA, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, as well as numerous other cooperation partners, is pleased to cordially invite you to its next prestigious event:

The 2nd German-Arab Women’s Network Forum

For Political Participation and Sustainable Business

24th October 2013, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

Divided in three panels, this year’s event will consider experiences of German and Arab women arising from economic, social and political fields. At the same time, the Forum will provide an incredible opportunity to create new networks among women from Germany, North Africa and the Middle East region. All these great expectations are allowed by the numerous participation of leading entrepreneurs, industry associations, chambers of commerce and companies as well as interested audience being both German and Arab.

9.30     Registration 
      10.00     Opening

  • ​Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany

    Introductory Speech

  • Mrs. Adelheid Sailer-Schuster, President of the Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development e.V. (EMA)


  •  Dr. Kristina Schröder, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany
  • H.E. Sihem Badi, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Tunisia
        Presentation and awarding of the two Tandems of the German-Tunisian mentoring project by Dr. Kristina Schröder, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
10.45    Panel 1: Women in the German-Tunisian Transformation Partnership
Round-Table and panelists discussion

Mrs. Raoudha Ben Saber, President of the National Chamber of Female Entrepreneurs CNFCE (Chambre National des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises), Tunisia Mrs. Dr. Bahia Bejar-Ghadeb, local contact-person of the EAF-Project “Democracy needs Women”, Tunisia

 Mrs. Clara Gruitrooy, Executive Director EMA e.V., Germany Mrs. Helga Lukoschat, Chief Executive Officer and General Director of the European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (EAF), Germany
Moderator: Legation Counselor I., Mrs. Katrin BuchholzTransformation in the Arab World, Bilateral and EU Relations towards Tunisia and Algeria
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany
12.00      Lunch & Tour around the Information Stands 
13.30      Panel 2: Political Empowerment for Societal Participation
Round-table and panelists discussion                       

Mrs. Mona Makram-Ebeid, Senator and Professor at the American University Cairo and former Member of the Shura Council, Egypt H.E. Angelika Storz-Chakarji,     Ambassador of the German Republic in Doha, Qatar
Mrs. Nouzha Skalli, Member of the Parliament, Member of the Party for Progress and Socialism and former Minister for Women, Marocco   Mrs. Dr. Martina Gräfin von Bassewitz, Chief of the Department, Participation, Media, Generations, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany
Moderator: Mrs. Astrid Hollmann, Vice Chairwoman of the German Women Council, German Office International Braodcaster, “Deutsche Welle”, Germany
15.00     Coffee Break
15.30      Panel 3: Equal Opportunities in the Economy as Precondition for Sustainable                               Development
Round-table and panelists discussion    

Mrs. Reem Assad, Head of Private Banking Investments, Saudi Fransi Capital Co., Saudi Arabia Mrs. Heike Fölster, Finance Director of the Airport Berlin Brandenburg, Germany
Mrs. Corinna Nienstedt, Chairwoman of the International Deartment, Chamber of Commerce of Hamburg, Germany Mrs. Ibtisam Hussien Ben Amer,      Founder of the Libyan Women in Business Committee (tbc)
Moderator: Mrs. Ursula Schwarzer, Manager Magazin
17.00      Video Message 
HRH Princess Sumaya bint el Hassan,
President of the El Hassan Science Cit­y and of the Roy­al Scientific Society,
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Jordan)
17.30      Conclusion of the Forum

“The Arab women supported the revolution and now they justly claim their right to be involved in framing what happens next.”, with these words Dr. Kristina Schröder, the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, inaugurated the 2nd German-Arab Women’s Network Forum which took place on the 24th of October 2013 and was organized by the EMA (Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development e.V.).

This joint conference of the EMA, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce gathered more than 300 participants from Germany and many Arab states in the prestigious halls of the Federal Foreign Office.

The event, which was also opened by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Guido Westerwelle and the Tunisian Minister of Women’s Affairs, H.E. Sihem Badi, focused in particular on issues of the economic empowerment. After all, it is part of the EMA philosophy to perceive women as key to sustainable development: “Women are not yet sufficiently considered in the German-Arab Cooperation and therefore the EMA aims to highlight diverse potentials of cooperation and similarities of women in facing common difficulties.”

In order to achieve this goal, an open dialogue was sought by high-level speakers, amongst others Mrs. Reem Asaad (Head of Private Banking, Investments, Saudi Fransi Capital Co., Saudi Arabia), Mrs. Nouzha Skalli (MEP, member of the Party of Progress and Socialism, Family Minister (retired), Morocco) and Mrs. Ibtisam Ben Amer (founder of the Libyan Women in Business Committee, Libya). Not only the German participants learned a lot about the countries of North Africa and the Middle East but also the foreign guests, originally from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Tunisia, were fascinated by the gained insights.

The conclusion of the exchange: We can learn a lot from each other and Germany has demonstrated to be a reliable partner for the region. As example for the German commitment, the German-Tunisian transformation partnership has been an illuminating especially due to the involvement of projects furthering gender equality, such as the Arab-German mentoring project In the course of the Forum, Minister Dr. Schröder awarded four of the project’s participants for their extraordinary engagement.

This mentoring project has been launched in autumn 2012 and it will run until the end of 2013. An extension in the context of the transformation partnership is currently under consideration. In fact, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Guido Westerwelle, emphasized not only the great work done by the EMA but also described women as “very important contact persons for us”. Therefore, Germany will continue to support the women in the Arab world.

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