UAE: Women’s leadership paramount in Covid recovery

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(The Khaleej Times)

Al Otaiba has been at the Ministry of Foreign affairs since 2017 and is one of the most vocal Emirati female voices in the international arena.

This International Women’s Day is unlike any other. It is being observed against the devastating health, social, and economic impacts of Covid-19, a pandemic that disproportionately affected women.

Hend Al Otaiba, director of strategic communication at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, sat down with Khaleej Timesto reflect on the year of the pandemic, and share why she believes women need to lead in the recovery effort.

In her personal journey, Al Otaiba has heavily relied on female mentors and their expertise and hopes that this International Women’s Day can inspire women to further help one another.

“Throughout my career, I have benefited from the wisdom and expertise of female mentors who have helped me in my path,” she says. “My advice is to encourage and uplift each other. By working together to help each other pursue our goals, we can achieve so much more than when we try to do it alone.”

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