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‘Emirati women are realising their dreams’
By Raghib Hassan March 08, 2018
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DUBAI: When the world is celebrating International Women’s Day, Cisco Office Dubai hosted the 6th annual Women of Impact event under the theme “Together, For Change,” on Wednesday morning. Cisco, which is committed to empowering women, has always encouraged female professionals globally. With a mission to attract, develop, retain and celebrate women as part of a competitive and diverse workforce, the one-day event was aimed to inspire women in technology to be extraordinary.

Today, when the entire world is united in movements like #MeToo and #Timesup, against sexual harassment then the celebration of International Women’s Day becomes all the more significant.

One of the speakers at the event, Azza Al Mughari, who is a radio host, public speaker and Emirati role model, gave a talk on breaking stereotypes. She said, “Today Emirati women are turning their dreams into reality. They feel confident and can take up any profession they like.”

While encouraging women, she said, “Try to have something for you first, then build everything around that, like family, husband, kids etc. But you should always have something for you.”

Praising Emirati women, she said, “Today, you can find them in every field, whether it is ministry, government departments, education sector, airlines, or hospital. I see lots of Emirati sisters holding powerful positions and that inspires me every day.”

She also informed, “I started working in a government department 13 years ago. That time I had never ever thought that Emirati women would shine like this in such a short span of time, but they have made the country proud. They are amazing. They can achieve anything.”

Sharing a piece of advice Reema Al Osaimi of Cisco said, “Be fearless, be unstoppable, this is one of our key messages as well. We can do whatever we want as long as we have the capability of empowering ourselves and believing in ourselves.”

She also added, “Cisco is committed to empowering women. A lot of our board members are female. This is the vision of our company, that’s why we are doing this programme year after year.

“This year, we had a session on how to use social media like Twitter and LinkedIn for empowering women and we also had a session on body language and etiquette. Unfortunately not all the ladies know the power of body language.

“By hosting such events, we are trying to enhance empowerment of ladies.”

Meanwhile, etiquette and body language specialist Andreea Stefanescu, while interacting with the audience, talked about the importance of correct body language and its impact.

She said, “Etiquette is what we do for ourselves not for others. This is what you can pass on to future generations.” She also shared valuable tips on handshake, gazing and power of seating. Andreea also exhorted the women to pore over books to improve their personality.

Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, President of Zayed University, gave an inspiring talk and concluded the session.

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