SHARJAH, The NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) platform � a Masdar-led initiative dedicated to inspiring women and girls to play an active role in addressing global sustainability challenges � have announced a strategic partnership for 2019.

Through this year-long partnership, the two will collaborate on several programmes designed to position women and girls of all nationalities as drivers of change and innovation, to further their joint ambition to empower present and future generations of female sustainability leaders and help them play more active roles in the attainment of the UN SDGs Agenda 2030.

The agreement was signed yesterday by NAMA Director, Reem BinKaram, and Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director for Brand and Strategic Initiatives at Masdar and WiSER Programme Director, at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, 2019, which runs until 19th January, 2019, under the theme, "Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development".

The partnership is a long-term collaboration to promote women's engagement in key sectors such as energy, environment and technology. The first collaborative effort under this NAMA-WiSER union was NAMA's support and active participation at the annual WiSER Forum, one of the highlights of ADSW, which offers women a vibrant networking platform with a unique mix of policymakers, industry specialists, and technology pioneers, to collaborate on solutions that will empower more women to drive sustainability fields.

In her remarks at the forum, Reem BinKaram said, "Both NAMA Women Advancement Establishment's and WiSER's mandate are strategically built towards making international initiatives for women locally relevant, and in this sense, we are natural partners. We, therefore, look forward to making the most of this year-long strategic partnership between us to accelerate women's access to education and professional training, as well as bring them closer to effective networking opportunities."

Dr. Fawwaz emphasised the important role of female role models for younger generations.

"We are looking forward to collaborating with NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, which will further strengthen our efforts at WiSER to provide young women with the tools, inspiration and role models they need to become future sustainability leaders," Dr. Fawwaz said. "The key aim of WiSER is to bring female leaders into the limelight, and connect them with our community."

Source: Emirates News Agency