Firms urged to increase women’s role in business
Washington/Doha, April 17, 2014
Companies around the world should increase the role for women in business, urged the chairman of Qatar’s leading telecom operator Ooredoo.
Speaking at 'Gender & the Economy' event which was hosted by World Bank Group’s International Financial Corporation in Washington recently, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani highlighted some of the work being done in emerging markets to address gender inequality in the business sphere and encouraged businesses to engage women as both customers and key partners in their success.
"Achieving women's participation in the private sector has been an essential aspect of Ooredoo's business, and I believe it is also a critical driver of growth in economies and societies,” he said.
“From Ooredoo's recent research among more than 10,500 young adults in 17 countries across the Mena region, we know that 72 per cent of men and 77 per cent of women agree that women should be given equal business opportunities.”
He also took part in a panel discussion which addressed the importance of men's involvement in the effort to include women in the private sector and necessary changes for reaching full gender equality in the private sector.
Sheikh Abdullah was recently appointed to the World Bank Group Advisory Council on Gender and Development, a major global body dedicated to promoting gender equality around the world.
Ooredoo supports the empowerment of women with a range of initiative to ensure women can deploy mobile technology to enhance their daily lives because employment can bring gains for women, their families, businesses, and the wider community.
The IFC's Gender & the Economy event focused on engaging IFC clients and corporations in advancing the role of women as consumers, entrepreneurs, leaders and employees and building consciousness of how businesses benefit from hiring, promoting, and purchasing from women and men.
The audience included senior representatives from for-profit and non-profit organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and senior leadership of the World Bank Group. - TradeArabia News Service