Following up on the overwhelming success of the first New Arab Woman Forum that was held in Dubai on October 21-22, 2007 the second yearly forum took a closer look at the evolving role and position of Arab women in the face of remaining challenges, and how these challenges can be overcome. For this purpose, the forum was organized under two main and meaningful headings, with the first day devoted entirely to the question of women and leadership in politics, business and society generally, and the second to the broader concept of the meaning of womanhood and feminism in the Arab world in its various attributes, activities and implications.
Questions and issues were posed and discussed including:
The New Arab Woman Forum was organized by Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group and Al Hasnaa Magazine the leading Arab women's magazine since it was first published in 1909 in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information, the League of Arab States and V-Day Karama.
The forum highlighted vital issues, focusing on the leadership as pertaining to woman, the progress and yet the relatively limited leadership role of women, Moving on to the subject of women in business and equal opportunity realities.
Women Education & Technology was also a topic of discussion, drawing the attention to the means of broadening technical knowledge, the role of the technology in integrating women in the globalization process. Moreover the forum concluded with a session on women in politics, answering the questions of equal opportunities and role of media in building the image of women.
The second day panels entitled: “All about Women” discussed how men perceive women, sexuality and taboos Women and Image perception and the inner Self.
The Lebanese actresses Carmen Lebbos and Randa Asmar performed readings from “the Good Body” play written by Eve Ensler.