Posted on September 26, 2013

Ooredoo is set to be one of the key sponsors of the Women Leaders Forum taking place in New York this week. An official side event of the United Nations General Assembly, the forum will bring together leaders from the public and private sectors to address global challenges facing women in the world today.

This year’s Forum will address the subject, ‘’Connecting Women’s Health and Girl’s Education for Scalable and Sustainable Development,” welcoming experts from the fields of healthcare, education and social policy.

Ooredoo has been a pioneer in supporting healthcare and education initiatives in Qatar, building the network that has supported the rapid expansion of schools and hospitals across the country. In addition, the company has sponsored a range of initiatives in Qatar specifically aimed at empowering women.

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In supporting this global event, Ooredoo is looking to connect with global leaders, and promote some of the remarkable steps being taken by organisations in Qatar to sustain female leadership.

Through its presence in developing markets, Ooredoo has placed a clear emphasis on social as well as economic development across its operations, particularly since the launch of its new brand in February 2013. Its focus on “human growth” has seen the launch of a number of women’s leadership initiatives in markets as diverse as Iraq and Indonesia.

In Iraq, Asiacell created the Almas (‘diamond’ in Arabic) line to enable women to be better connected to friends and family, and welcomed more than 1.8 million female customers in less than two years.  The proportion of female customers in Asiacell’s customer base grew from 20 percent to 40 percent since Almas was introduced in April 2011.

The Women Leaders Forum will include panellists including H.E. Dr. Madame Christine Kaseba-Sata, First Lady of Zambia; H.E. Patience Goodluck, First Lady of Nigeria; and Oscar winning actress Geena Davis, Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.