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A Celebration of Women at Expo 2020 on Full Display

Taylor Re Lynn at Women's Pavillion | Expo 2020
Taylor Re Lynn for Cultured Focus Magazine at Expo 2020

Expo 2020 provides the ideal platform to shine a spotlight on females and their history making achievements. Sponsored by the Cartier Foundation, the pavilion showcases both male and female contributors to women’s empowerment and gender equality. The overall aim is to highlight important milestones that have been achieved in improving women’s rights, as well as the challenges that women are still facing today.

“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,” said Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau. “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.”

Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, Founder of The Zay Inititative
Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, Founder of The Zay Inititative

Since its inception, Cultured Focus Magazine has continued to be at the forefront of identifying female changemakers and providing a support space for their development. As the magazine continues to broaden its digital footprint globally, there was no greater important cultural event than Expo2020. The magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Taylor Re Lynn, met with The Zay Initiative founder Dr. Reem El Mutwalli at her Draped in Heritage Photographic Exhibition at the Women's Pavillion at the expo. Dr. Mutwalli discussed the initiative’s participation in Expo 2020, as well as their ability to empower women by bringing their untold stories to life.

Dr. Reem El Mutwalli's Draped in Heritage Photographic Exhibition at the Women's Pavillion
Draped in Heritage Photographic Exhibition at Expo 2020

When transforming her concept into a creation, Dr. Mutwalli explained that “as collectors of both the tangible and the intangible, it is a constant challenge to put across the stories of the women who owned and worn the dresses in The Zay Collection. We decided to choose twenty women from the UAE, representing all walks of life. But they all have to have one thing in common – they should have achieved something significant. Instead of aiming for women in top public positions who already receive recognition, we decided to feature the unsung heroes. It was important to tell the stories of two generations; women who are featured, and the generation that came before them, thus honoring both generations”, said Dr. Reem Tariq El Mutwalli. ”

Emirati Women Celebrated at the Draped in Heritage Photographic Exhibition for Expo 2020
Draped in Heritage Photographic Exhibition at Expo 2020

The exhibition celebrates the UAE’s 50th anniversary and showcases Emirati women achieving excellence across many disciplines - remembering the past whilst looking towards the future.

The Zay Initiative aims to promote an understanding of the evolution of regional culture, building up public awareness and appreciation of this unique heritage, reaching out to like-minded individuals and institutions nationally, regionally and globally.

About Expo 2020 Dubai: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future

Expo 2020 Dubai brings together millions of people to celebrate human brilliance and achievement under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Opened in October 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai makes history as the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the first to be hosted by an Arab nation. The Expo takes place over six months with 192 participating countries coming together under one theme. In partnership with Cartier, Expo 2020 Dubai features the Women's Pavilion to shine light on the trailblazing women who are exploring new frontiers. The UAE is a leader in gender equity, ranked first in the Middle East and 24th globally in the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security’s 2021 WPS Index.

“At Cartier, women have always held a pivotal role, as a driving force and an endless source of inspiration,” said Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International. With the Women’s Pavilion, Expo 2020 and Cartier celebrate women from all backgrounds and vocations.

About Cultured Focus Magazine Cultured Focus is an entertainment news magazine that provides the latest in arts and culture within United States and globally. Since its creation in 2016, the magazine has interviewed the best talent from around the world from A-list celebrities to business leaders and others making a positive impact within their communities. The publication is particularly proud of the diverse talented group of artists and female change makers that have had international exposure on the platform. The magazine is a subsidiary of GR Multi-media productions. For more information, visit


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