Women empowerment in business a key objective

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Aisha Alfardan gives her speech at the Inside Investor Forum Asia 2012

Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of the Qatari Business Women’s Association (QBWA) and personal advisor to the chairman of Qatari company conglomerate Alfardan Group, on October 09 held a keynote speech at the Inside Investor Forum Asia 2012 on behalf of the QBWA.

In her speech, Mrs. Alfardan focused on political, environmental, cultural and economic grand changes experienced by the current generation facing global economic instabilities, an environment characterised by diversity and in particular issues of women empowerment in business.

“In Qatar, the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, with the full support, vision and dynamism of Her Highness Sheikha Moza, Consort of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, Qatar has paved the way for progress and achievements in the area of promoting gender equality and enabling an inclusive environment for women by reviewing legislative and executive measures and actively implementing a number of programs and policies, ” Ms. Alfardan said.

Qatar’s National Vision 2030 considers the development of the role of women and enhancing their participation in the economic and social development a key objective, she added.

Qatar has identified three priority areas for implementing a gender mainstreaming strategy and elimination of gender inequality in its human and economic development process: Education, health and employment.

Alfardan argued that Qatar views education as one of the most valuable ways to achieve gender equality, empowerment of women and economic growth. The government embarked on implementing an ambitious initiative to develop public education in order to improve literacy rates among men and women, improve the quality of education, create new educational opportunities for all members of society, and expand choices in higher education – all of this based on equal opportunities for men and women.

In Qatar, the gender gap in education has been bridged as the male to female ratio in pre-university education has become equal. As a matter of fact, the current gap is found to be in favor of females in university education.

The same applies to the development in healthcare, and Qatari women are contributing to the advancement of the national economy, and their participation in the economic sector and investment has grown significantly over the past two decades.

The Qatari Businesswomen Association has worked to build and promote networks between businesswomen in Qatar and the rest of the world to encourage more cooperation, and pave the way for new investment opportunities for women in various sectors and businesses, Mrs. Alfardan said.

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Aisha Alfardan gives her speech at the Inside Investor Forum Asia 2012

Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of the Qatari Business Women’s Association (QBWA) and personal advisor to the chairman of Qatari company conglomerate Alfardan Group, on October 09 held a keynote speech at the Inside Investor Forum Asia 2012 on behalf of the QBWA.

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Aisha Alfardan gives her speech at the Inside Investor Forum Asia 2012

Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of the Qatari Business Women’s Association (QBWA) and personal advisor to the chairman of Qatari company conglomerate Alfardan Group, on October 09 held a keynote speech at the Inside Investor Forum Asia 2012 on behalf of the QBWA.

In her speech, Mrs. Alfardan focused on political, environmental, cultural and economic grand changes experienced by the current generation facing global economic instabilities, an environment characterised by diversity and in particular issues of women empowerment in business.

“In Qatar, the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, with the full support, vision and dynamism of Her Highness Sheikha Moza, Consort of His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, Qatar has paved the way for progress and achievements in the area of promoting gender equality and enabling an inclusive environment for women by reviewing legislative and executive measures and actively implementing a number of programs and policies, ” Ms. Alfardan said.

Qatar’s National Vision 2030 considers the development of the role of women and enhancing their participation in the economic and social development a key objective, she added.

Qatar has identified three priority areas for implementing a gender mainstreaming strategy and elimination of gender inequality in its human and economic development process: Education, health and employment.

Alfardan argued that Qatar views education as one of the most valuable ways to achieve gender equality, empowerment of women and economic growth. The government embarked on implementing an ambitious initiative to develop public education in order to improve literacy rates among men and women, improve the quality of education, create new educational opportunities for all members of society, and expand choices in higher education – all of this based on equal opportunities for men and women.

In Qatar, the gender gap in education has been bridged as the male to female ratio in pre-university education has become equal. As a matter of fact, the current gap is found to be in favor of females in university education.

The same applies to the development in healthcare, and Qatari women are contributing to the advancement of the national economy, and their participation in the economic sector and investment has grown significantly over the past two decades.

The Qatari Businesswomen Association has worked to build and promote networks between businesswomen in Qatar and the rest of the world to encourage more cooperation, and pave the way for new investment opportunities for women in various sectors and businesses, Mrs. Alfardan said.

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