Expo 2020 Dubai and Cartier are collaborating to present the Women’s Pavilion to celebrate women change-makers all over the world. The Women’s Pavilion takes a new look at the contribution of women and their impact on society, shining a light on the countless achievements that have driven forward economies and enhanced their communities. The Pavilion will play an exciting role in The World’s Greatest Show of human brilliance and achievement, as it celebrates women from every land, culture and religion, who are still making history and stimulating change.
In the spirit of Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the Women’s Pavilion will also spotlight the breadth and wealth of female expertise that is inspiring and empowering global citizens to create a better future. It will take visitors on an educational journey showcasing both male and female contributors to women’s empowerment and gender equality, and will highlight important milestones for women’s rights, as well as the challenges that women are still facing today.
Through these aspirational stories, the Women’s Pavilion aims to raise global awareness and inspire people from all generations to make a difference within their community and beyond.
For the six months of the next World Expo, the Women’s Pavilion will create a space of expression designed to foster dialogue among a diverse community of artists, scientists, thought leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, business leaders and more.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney – both defenders of and campaigners for women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality – are lending their support to the Women’s Pavilion.
Welcoming the initiative, Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “I applaud the UAE for dedicating a space for the millions of visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai to learn about the crucial roles that women play from communities to the world stage, while recognising the challenges they still face every day.
“These challenges cannot be solved by governments alone, but through meaningful and substantive collaborations with the private sector, civil societies and committed individuals. The Women’s Pavilion, in collaboration with Cartier, is setting a needed standard for corporations to rethink their approach to gender advocacy – and is a powerful platform to cascade the gender equality message to the world.”
HE Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said: “Gender equality is an essential pillar of all sustainable development – the foundation on which the health and prosperity of communities, and indeed humanity at large, is built.
“The Women’s Pavilion highlights the crucial roles that women have long played as linchpins of their communities and drivers of economies, and underscores Expo 2020 Dubai’s firm commitment to empowering all women to drive their own development and create a better future for us all.”
Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International, said: “At Cartier, women have always held a pivotal role, as a driving force and an endless source of inspiration. The Women’s Pavilion is an exciting new chapter in the maison’s long-standing commitment to support women change-makers.
“Our dedicated programmes, the Cartier Women’s Initiative and Cartier Philanthropy, share the willingness to make a durable impact and empower people – especially women – on a global level.
“We are thrilled and honoured to collaborate with Expo 2020 Dubai, which offers a unique occasion to share our vision for a better future and a more inclusive society, with men and women across the globe. Highlighting the impact women of all cultures have had across time, focusing on both known and lesser-known achievements, the Women’s Pavilion weaves a strong inspiration for generations to come.”
With the Women’s Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai and Cartier will celebrate women from all backgrounds and vocations, from global political figures to local community members to trailblazing business leaders, providing a global platform to recognise the impact of women and their influence on our society.
Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, is expected to welcome 25 million visitors, with 70% of them coming from outside the UAE. Under the theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, The World’s Greatest Show is a celebration of human brilliance and achievement.
An entertaining global celebration with something for everyone, Expo 2020 Dubai will wow visitors with 60 daily events across 173 days, showcasing the best of music, technology, creativity and culture, while 200 F&B outlets will feature famous chefs and cuisine from every corner of the world.
The expo also promises to be an endless journey of discovery, with visitors having access to the latest innovations and breakthroughs, with more than 200 participants – including 192 nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions – coming together to highlight real-life solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges
The first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia will be located on a 4.38 sq km site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.