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Middlesex University Dubai joins UN Global Compact’s Target Gender Equality accelerator programme

07/09/2021

Middlesex University Dubai is proudly taking action to advance women's leadership and representation in business by joining Target Gender Equality (TGE), an accelerator programme from the UN Global Compact. TGE supports companies engaged with the UN Global Compact in setting and reaching ambitious corporate targets for advancing women’s participation in business at the highest levels.

Focused on uniting businesses across the world, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. It works with over 12,000 companies to align their strategies and operations to advance social goals in areas such as the environment, society and governance.

Our TGE ambassador Mahine Rizvi Ahmad, Senior Lecturer in Law, and our TGE representatives Dr Fehmida Hussain, Head of Computer Engineering and Informatics, and Andrew Mackenzie, Chair of our Institute of Sustainable Development (ISD) will lead our participation in the Target Gender Equality initiative under the ISD umbrella.

Middlesex University Dubai is already a signatory to the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and has a robust strategy in place for empowering its female staff and students to succeed in their respective fields, reporting its successes and progress in gender equality through the UN Global Compact.

The University also supports all student research on gender equality and inclusivity by providing resources, funding and grants in diverse fields such as sustainability, law, graphic design, media, tourism, psychology, engineering, IT and business.

The University will be setting further tangible goals in 2021 to reach even greater gender equality and progression targets, involving even more women in leadership and increasing female student representation and mentoring roles. Middlesex Dubai also plans to use the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool to assess gender equality performance and set further goals.

Andrew Mackenzie said: “The Middlesex Institute of Sustainable Development (ISD) fosters the advancement of sustainability across the University, the community and in global practice. Through outreach, research and training, the ISD is a thought leader in advocating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Developing targets for goal 5 (Gender Equality), we understand that empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Goal 5 is an integral part of our mission to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.

“We have provided corporate training in the principles of gender equality and encourage companies to share ideas about how to design and implement initiatives to attract and retain women in male-dominated industries and university fields. We are proud to be joining Target Gender Equality and working with UN Global Compact to further this important mission.”

Learn more: www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/target-gender-equality

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