Kuwait gala raises $2.1 million to support Arab women

March 16, 2012
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A gala dinner to support women’s economic empowerment in the Middle East and Women’s World Banking has raised $ 2.1 million.

The “Sewing the Future” event was hosted in Washington by Kuwait’s ambassador to the US, Shaikh Salem Al Sabah and his wife Shaikha Rima Al Sabah, with the cooperation of the Kuwait-America Foundation, Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported.

Shaikh Salem told Kuna that he and his wife were delighted to host the eighth annual gala of the Kuwait embassy to support Women’s World Banking (WWB).

He said that the WWB would offer women loans for small projects in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan.

The embassy has raised more than $ 13 million over the past eight years for humanitarian causes that included educating girls, protecting the environment, and supporting wounded warriors, the ambassador said.

He added that he was proud particularly of this year’s gala for supporting women in four Arab countries.

“When you lend a woman the support she needs, she will invest the resources in her children, in her family, and in her community.”

Shaikha Rima, the Gala Founder and Chairwoman, said that she was honoured this year’s event focused on supporting women in four Arab countries.

Investing in women sets in motion a multiplier effect and when women are empowered educationally, socially, and economically, they will invest the resources in their children, their family, and their community, she said.

The funds raised at the event will offer huge opportunities and make an enormous difference in women’s lives in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Jordan and will fulfill their dreams and establish economic projects, she told Kuna.

Humanitarian Award recipient award winning actress and Goodwill Ambassador for UN WOMEN Nicole Kidman said in a speech that “there is no limit to what women can achieve when they are given the opportunity.”

“The progress of women really makes progress overall. Women need to be able to make a decision that shapes their lives and their society,” she said.

Kidman said that women’s incomes “can also provide them with options that they never thought possible and it can give them hope when they feel hopeless.”

CIA Director General David Petraeus, the guest of honour, highlighted the generosity of Kuwait throughout the past two decades and the support it offered to Americans in uniform.

He said that among the many reasons for him to attend this event was to “relate my gratitude for Kuwait’s kind support over the years.”

The US official also focused on the different causes the Foundation has taken on over the years, saying that among the causes particularly close to his heart, is supporting American wounded warriors.

He considered this year’s cause a “remarkable effort “to help women by expanding micro financing opportunities “to bring greater stability and economic growth to the Middle Eastern nations that are facing political and socio-economic upheaval.”

Patraeus said that the Foundation’s efforts were “hugely significant initiatives,” saying he is appreciative for all it has done “in making a true difference on many levels in countries that have long suffered from underdevelopment.”

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/kuwait-gala-raises-2-1-million-to-support-arab-women-1.995195

 

         

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