HANOVER, GERMANY-- -- UAE-based industries are playing a leading role in employing women and advancing capacity development among women, said Ali Majed Al Mansouri at the UAE Pavilion in Hannover Messe, ahead of the WoMenPower conference.

WoMenPower is an annual career conference at Hannover Messe that is dedicated to discussing the latest trends regarding the participation of women in sectors related to industry, manufacturing and business.

The event, which will attract more than 1,400 participants throughout Friday, 28th April, focusses on recognising exceptional achievements by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and professions.

Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development � Abu Dhabi, told visitors at the pavilion about the UAE's leading role in the region in promoting women's representation in the national industrial workforce and related sectors.

"Women's active participation in the economic and industrial landscapes is a crucial factor that can positively impact their growth and socio-economic development on a significant scale. In the UAE, we are blessed with a leadership that consistently drives women to realise their potential in the public sphere.

"Our founding father, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, said that women constitute half of the society and that a country aspiring to build itself should not keep them in the darkness of illiteracy," he noted.

Al Mansouri also cited Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as saying, "We have exceeded the phase of empowering women to the phase of empowering the society through women."

Strata Manufacturing, wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, highlighted the number of women it has employed in its company.

UAE nationals constitute 51 percent of Strata's workforce, and 86 percent of the nationals employed are women. Meanwhile, almost 50 percent of Strata's team leaders are Emirati women, and almost 40 percent of team supervisors are women nationals.

"The active role of women in advanced fields and industries has been achievable thanks to the support and guidance of the country's leadership, under which we will continue to strive to empower women through specific initiatives and programmes," maintained Al Mansouri.

Hannover Messe concludes its activities tomorrow. Some 250,000 visitors attend the annual event, which is the largest industrial technology and manufacturing trade show in the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency