MENAFN - Jordan Times) AMMAN � Around 500 female scholars and business leaders from different parts of the world will meet in Amman next week to dispel deepening misconceptions between the East and the West.
Held under the theme: "Building Bridges - Breaking Walls" and organised by the International Women's Forum (IWF) Jordan chapter, the event aims to expand understanding to enhance the prospects of a more sustainable future, the forum's president, Reem Abu Hassan, told a press conference on Tuesday.
It will also offer a first-of-its-kind global exchange for women leaders and a way forward for mutual respect and peaceful coexistence, Abu Hassan added.
Her Majesty Queen Rania, the honorary president of IWF Jordan, will act as patron of the three-day event, which starts on May 14 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel
"The conference seeks to bridge the gap between Middle Eastern and Western societies through concerted dialogue to clarify and expose mutual myths and pre-conceived ideas on complex issues pertaining to democracy, educational systems and the role of women," Abu Hassan said.
"Women all over the world should participate in the ongoing dialogue and make their voices heard," she added.
During the event, participants will focus on topics such as Islam, democracy and modernisation, faith, identity and coexistence, education, culture and competitiveness, Arab women parliamentarians � another perspective, the future of the Arab world, and Arab women: Myths, misperceptions and realties.
Founded in October 2003, the IWF Jordan chapter is a private independent association of women who have achieved valuable accomplishments in public life, private sector or civic society.
It seeks to be a catalyst in the acceleration of the proactive participation of Jordanian women in their own communities.
The foundation seeks to promote better opportunities for Jordanian women in leadership, and assist them to reach the levels of achievement that IWF members worldwide have been able to accomplish.
The IWF has identified the following areas to be of particular importance for women leaders: Communications and conflict resolution, projection of leadership, public speaking and media, career management, human resources management for leaders, reform and the financial sector and corporate governance.
Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has expanded across five continents into 21 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations.
Presently, there are over 3,500 women leader/members participating in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific basin, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.http://www.menafn.com/qn_..._s.asp?StoryId=1093152430