AIWF and WiSERsign MoU to drive female participation in sustainability

The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) and Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) sign Memorandum of Understanding to inspire women of all ages to play active role in addressing global sustainability challenges.

Monday 23 March 2021 – The London-based Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) and Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER), one of Masdar’s outreachplatforms,have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to inspire women of all ages to play a more active role in addressing global sustainability challenges and to give them better opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

At a virtual signing ceremony, executives from the two organizationselaborated on the scope and goals of their co-operation as well as their shared interest in championing sustainability empowerment for women and young people in the MENA Region. This includes among others, interestsin green economy, renewable energy, technology entrepreneurship, the digital economy and women-led research and innovation.

This strategic partnership will see the AIWF and WiSER collaborate on virtual events, research, mentorship, training and networking initiatives with industry experts, policymakers, rising stars, researchers and aspiring women leaders, focusing on sustainability and female empowerment in the MENA region.

Dr Afnan Al Shuaiby, Chairman of the Arab International Women’s Forum, said: “AIWF is thrilled to be partnering with WiSER on this important strategic partnership in 2021, our 20th anniversary year in which we are driving a strong, progressive and forward-focused agenda for women in STEM and sustainability. Through partnerships with organisations like WiSER, AIWF hopes to contribute to the creation of a dynamic, progressive environment in the Arab world in which women are empowered as champions of change, to action positive, gender-neutral developments in their industries, challenge stereotypes of the Arab world abroad, and encourage greater participation by women in sustainability innovation”.

Dr LamyaFawwaz, Executive Director of Brand and Strategic Initiatives, Masdar and WiSER Program Director, said: “By working with the Arab International Women’s Forum, we can give young women greater access to professional development opportunities across the sustainability industry, promote female entrepreneurship, and empower them to address global sustainability challenges head on.”

During the signing ceremony, AIWF and WiSER announced that their first collaborative virtual event will take place next week, on Wednesday, March 31, with a panel discussion on women’s entrepreneurship in the green economy, focusing on new opportunities for talented, driven and tech-savvy young Arabs in MENA green growth. The panel will welcome guest speakers from the World Bank, PwC Middle East, and two award-winning green enterprises, H2GO Power in the UK and Green Watech in Morocco. Registration for the panel, ‘Women Entrepreneurs in The Green Economy’ is now open here: Register now

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About the Arab International Women’s Forum

The Arab International Women’s Forum was founded in 2001 to support women’s economic empowerment and leadership, and advance youth engagement in the MENA region and globally. From our base in London and from the heart of the MENA Region, AIWF works to raise awareness and amplify emerging voices; shape an impactful agenda for women and youth; and drive collaborative action on development challenges. Working closely with our Global Partners, collaboratively with our international institutional partners, and across cultures with our global member base, AIWF facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue and drives action to help women and young leaders unlock their full potential and exercise their agency in the MENA Region through education, economic empowerment, and leadership development. For more information on AIWF’s initiatives and global advocacy outreach, please visit

Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER)

The ‘Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy’ (WiSER) platform was officially launched on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. One of Masdar’s outreach platforms, WiSER is dedicated to inspiring women to play an active role in addressing global sustainability challenges.

The platform is founded on the three core pillars of education, engagement and empowerment and strives to position women of all nationalities as drivers of change and innovation, while ensuring that their voices are heard across the sustainability debate – whether on issues of policy, technology or business. For more information on WiSER, its Wisdom Series and its Pioneers Program, please visit