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Boosting women-led business: The view from Dubai

With thousands of business leaders, government officials, academics and entrepreneurs gathering in Dubai this week for the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF 2022), discussions on Tuesday turned to boosting support for women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses.

The Forum held a panel on ‘Uplifting Women Entrepreneurship’ where participants discussed the range of challenges and solutions for businesswomen in the Arab region, and beyond.

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We’re not the women of 2001, Afghan activist tells Taliban rulers in talks call

Afghan political exile Zarifa Ghafari fled Kabul shortly after the Taliban takeover on 15 August; she’d already survived three attempts on her life as one of the country’s few female mayors – and she feared the worst if she stayed.

Today, the 29-year-old activist is determined not to let the gains made by women over the last 20 years, go to waste.

She spoke in Geneva to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, who started by asking her for her assessment of the country’s new de facto rulers.

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Wonder Woman designated as gender empowerment ambassador

The cartoon and movie character Wonder Woman has been designated by the UN as an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

The designation is part of a campaign, in cooperation with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., to raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality.

Wonder Woman, one of the most iconic female superheroes, will be used by the UN to engage new audiences about the Sustainable Development Goals.