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Forsa forum to 'empower' more women

An event at this year's GETEX is set to encourage career-driven Emirati women.

A forum sponsored by women's investment fund Forsa is set to give women in the UAE insight into the types of careers expected to be in demand in the near future, it was announced today.

The move comes after a recent survey revealed that 99% of Emirati women want to pursue a career after completing high school. And 65% said they would like to begin working immediately after their studies.

The ‘Meet the Career Guru' forum sponsored by Forsa - which means ‘opportunity' in Arabic - will feature workshops and interviews with iconic achievers from a diverse range of industry sectors, in an attempt to empower women to take on a full range of professional options available to them.

"Forsa is committed to developing women's role in society by providing opportunities that are designed to foster the next generation of leaders in the home, in the workplace and in society," said Shamsa Noor Ali Rashid, CEO of Forsa.

"Through establishing strong partnerships with complementary organisations, Forsa is supporting Emirati women in their pursuit of a broad range of career options and nurturing management expertise and leadership skills," she added.

The forum will show visitors what careers will be in demand, what forms the basis of the demand, professional qualifications required and predicted salary ranges.

Ali Rashid also said that the event reflects Forsa's philosophy of encouraging women to be "active and contributing members of society from a diverse range of sectors."

The exclusive investment company - ‘created by women for women' - was

launched in January

with the aim to help women to enhance their role in the nation's development.

The even is being held during the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) - the largest education fair in the Middle East & Asia - at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from April 11-14.

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