Under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, NAWF was first launched in Dubai in 2007, and then moved to Beirut where it was held in 2008, 2009 and 2010 under the patronage of H.E. Wafaa Michel Suleiman. NAWF has now established itself as a pioneering, widely attended annual event in the region, and building on its huge success, our aim is to continue to develop it and to widen its scope, impact and authority in the Arab world.
NAWF is an ideal platform for open and lucid discussions of the many vital issues concerned with the evolving role of woman in Arab society, political life and business, as well as prospects and challenges achieved through the below crucial and ever-present factors:
Voicing the hopes, aims and concerns of the Arab contemporary woman, relevant and most up-to-date subjects are brought forward through high caliber speakers and cover a wide range of lively issues of interest to women and men alike. sensitive and delicate topics are handled in a professional and cultured manner and cover an array of issues including the current status of Arab women and leadership in the political, business life and social arenas, women and the media, sexuality, education, creativity, culture, and other areas relevant to our Arab society.
Leading female figures from all over the world are chosen to indulge NAWF's audience with their life achievements, most of whom have actually struggled and worked hard to leave their strong mark in society.
The forum’s success is such that it has brought together more than 1800 high-profile speakers and participants from nearly 30 countries over the last 5 years, including first ladies, government ministers and public officials, business leaders, social scientists, writers and journalists, artists and actresses, heads of NGOs and other social institutions, amongst others.