It's confirmed! Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai is heading to Sharjah to speak at the Investing in the Future (IIFMENA) conference. Designed as a platform to share and promote gender equality, the second edition of the annual event will focus on 'Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region', with Yousafzai the perfect choice as keynote speaker.

"Malala is a role model for girls and women across the world," said Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of Salam Ya Seghar and a member of the IIFMENA organising committee. "Her fight against the oppressive forces creating roadblocks for female education and empowerment is one of the bravest the world has ever seen. Her determination and insistence in the process to the extent of being shot for her cause not only leaves an imprint on her nation and society, but on ours and on societies across the world."

Sharing her excitement at the opportunity, Yousafzai, the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Nobel award, says, "IIFMENA's impressive presence of international attendees will help me get the voices of my peers heard, to ensure a better future for them."

While Yousafzai will be a key draw, the panel of speakers also includes influential women who have chartered a course for equality in the region including award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, television personality Zeina Yazagi, author and professor Dr. Shereen El Feki, Chief Economic Empowerment at UN Women, Meg Jones, and UN Women's Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships, Hind Alowais.

The Investing in the Future: Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region conference will run on October 19-20 at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre. Also, read about Princess Haya's humanitarian trip to Haiti.