Masdar’s WiSER Platform Co-hosts Arab Women Leaders’ Summit During COP28 to Address Gender Equality and Climate Action

30 NOV 2023
News WiSER
  • Global Summit hosted in partnership with COP28 UAE Presidency to convene high-level speakers from public sector, private sector, NGOs, and leading academic institutions.

  • WiSER champions women as leaders of sustainability, with a focus on education, engagement, and empowerment, supporting the COP28 Presidency’s commitment to advance Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Supports future and current female leaders, WiSER seeks to integrate gender equality into climate change agendas, for a more inclusive, equitable, and resilient future for all.

Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) - Masdar’s global initiative that champions women as leaders of sustainable change - will co-host The Arab Women Leaders’ Summit in the Green Zone at COP28 on December 4.

Held under the theme, “Gender Inclusion and Climate Change: Advancing Equality for a Resilient Future”, the Summit will explore the critical relationship between gender equality and climate action.

Bringing together a diverse program of participants including researchers, activists, policymakers and civil society representatives, the Summit will convene high-level speakers including H.R.H. Princess. Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, Secretary-General, AlWaleed Philanthropies, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Barbara Rambousek, Director, Gender and Economic Inclusion, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Participants at the half-day event will work together to identify challenges, share best practices, and develop strategies to promote gender equality in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience efforts.

Dr Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director of Brand and Strategic Initiatives, Masdar, said

We are proud of the impact that WiSER has made through its commitment to education, engagement, and the empowerment of tomorrow’s sustainability leaders since its founding in 2015. The Arab Women Leaders’ Summit at COP28 reflects the UAE’s continued commitment to advancing gender parity in sustainability, recognizing the many women around the world who are entrepreneurs, innovating new technologies and leading the global mission to tackle climate change. More than 100 professional young women from 30 different nationalities have graduated from WiSER&rs Pioneers programs so far, and we believe this Summit will provide further inspiration to the next generation of pioneering women leaders.

Masdar’s WiSER initiative supports current and future generations of female leaders and seeks to integrate gender equality into climate change agendas, fostering a more inclusive, equitable, and resilient future for all.

WiSER’s engagement at COP28 supports the Presidency’s commitment to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, by advocating for gender equality as a tool to improve working conditions, advance technology and ultimately, address climate change.