On the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day, Promise of a Generation has announced the upcoming launch of the ‘e7 Daughters of the Emirates’ program for the fourth consecutive year under the theme of ‘Women in the Path of Zayed’. The program provides training and mentorship to young women in the UAE, aiming to enhance their leadership skills and support them in ideation, development and implementation of social responsibility projects to benefit the community.
The program will launch with a four-day ‘e7 Girls Summit’ from 5-8 September 2018 to welcome the class of 2019, consisting of 35 participants selected from across the seven emirates. Holiday Inn Hotel, Dubai Festival City, the event’s hospitality partner, will be the venue for the program’s many activities.
On 6 September, the ‘UAE Vision Dialogue’ panel discussion will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 am and is open to the public at no cost. This session marks the official inauguration of the program for 2018-2019.
The UAE Vision Dialogue this year will host several influential speakers including Caroline Faraj, Vice-President, CNN Arabic Services; Her Excellency Sara Al Madani, well-known entrepreneur and founder of Sara Al Madani Fashion Design, Shabarbush Resturant and Social Fish consultancy and board member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Afrah Atiq, Emirati award-winning poet and Reema Shetty, culinary entrepreneur and CEO of The Foodsters and philanthropist and Board Member of the BRCR Shetty Foundation.
An alumni panel discussion will take place on 8 September, where graduates will share their experience with the program from over the past years. Reflecting the inclusive spirit of the program, one of sisterhood, the ‘e7 Girls Summit’ will bring together nationals and expat participants from across the UAE, including eminent women leaders from both private and public sectors.
Adela Acevedo Sarna, Chair, e7 Daughters of the Emirates, said, “Through the e7 program, we are creating a nationwide platform for young women to find common ground and develop business skills such as design thinking and project planning. The program supports them in making a more impactful contribution to society, while transcending cultural barriers.”
“We are committed to creating a positive impact across communities and are fully aligned with the UAE leadership’s vision and strategic objectives. Our long-term vision is to grow e7 to a sisterhood of over 3,000 women who mentor, support and learn from each other by the year 2022. We would like to thank our founding sponsors, Emirates NBD, Global Teams, and the Altamont Group for making this possible, and would also like to extend our gratitude to McKinsey & Co., Careem, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, Sheraa, K&L Gates and FleishmanHillard, for their ongoing support of e7,” she added.
In May 2018, 35 girls graduated from the program after completing the development of community projects that explored child safety, digital health, local tourism, worker welfare and cyber bullying amongst others.
One of the projects, ‘Catch a Heart’ improved the lives of workers by providing them with essential grocery items through a volunteer network comprised of organizations and individuals. This helped reduce their monthly expenses and allowed them to save money.
Suad Al Hammadi, an Emirati participant from the class of 2018 said, “Our project, Unspoken Smiles, aims to raise awareness in the community on the need to protect children from any form of abuse. We are grateful to e7 for giving us a platform to test and expand our social project that will contribute to safeguarding future generations.”
Women play an important role as community leaders and drivers of sustainable development. Their contributions and leadership are central to economic development and the ‘e7 Daughters of the Emirates’ program aims to convene annually to develop the future generation of women leaders in the UAE.
Over several editions of the event, participants of e7 have developed and implemented projects focusing on themes including culture, heritage, education, career development, improving access of opportunities for the less fortunate, the environment, health and leadership skills, to name a few. Promise of a Generation promotes respectful intercultural interaction and boosts social understanding, benefitting from a diverse network of over 1,000 motivated thinkers who encourage dialogue on themes including culture, heritage, education, social mobility, environment, health and family.