Microsoft Gulf wins CSR award
Dubai, February 9, 2010
Microsoft Gulf has received the Best Arab Corporate Social Responsibility Award of the Year from the Union of Arab ICT Association, IJMA3, in recognition of its commitment to empowering women with technology.
IJMA3, an international non-governmental/profit organisation presented the Arab GoldenChip award to Microsoft for its overall citizenship programme and its significant contribution in empowering women through programmes such as the Women in Technology (WIT) across the Mena region.
The awards recognise the top organisations in the region who have contributed to the development of ICT in the Arab world.
The WIT programme helps equip women with business and technology skills and encourages them to participate in today’s global workforce and gain economic independence. By 2010, WIT will train more than 10,000 low to middle income women across the Mena region, a statement said.
“The WIT programme showed me who I am,” said Samah, a former WIT graduate.
“The programme has helped me to widen my knowledge, to know more, to develop myself and to strengthen my skills in my journey to find a job. With the WIT programme, many women like me, for the first time, have the opportunity to enter the workforce equipped with the skills we need to make a difference to ourselves, our families and our communities,” Samah explained.
Nizar Zakka, secretary general of the Union of Arab ICT Associations- IJMA3 said: “Technology is the ignition key for job growth, economic development and creating sustainable solutions to global problems.”
“We commend Microsoft for its valuable contribution in empowering women across the region and creating greater opportunities for them to be part of the workforce. IJMA3 remains committed to supporting endeavors such as this that aim to develop and enhance the commercial skills of women to help grow the future economy and create greater opportunities for them to be part of the workforce,” Zakka added.
Microsoft was also invited as an observer to the Union of Arab Associations where senior Microsoft officials highlighted the value of innovation, Microsoft’s partnership framework and the company’s commitment to support the ICT eco-system in the region.
Charbel Fakhoury, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf said: “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award and will continue our efforts towards the development of female professionals in the Arab world.”
“Microsoft believes that providing the required ICT training and tools will help bridge the technological and gender gap and help women realize their full potential. Through the WIT program, women can get jobs, increase their earning power and advance their education so they can help contribute to national competitiveness,” Fakhoury added. – TradeArabia News Service