MECC’s Women in Business Taskforce is working to promote stronger women representation on boards of organizations in the Middle East, through promoting women leadership, providing and sharing arguments on the benefits of board diversity and starting a policy level dialogue aimed at increasing the number of women on boards.
In addition to promoting a quota system, an institutional approach that attempts to facilitate and support women leadership is also recommended:
- Mentoring and support programs for women could allow for ‘safe space’ for women leaders to flourish.
- Investing in on-going career development that also enhances ones network is another solution.
- Joining and being active in professional bodies, trade associations and chambers of commerce, whether gender-specific or not, would facilitate in the network building, information sharing and personal development.
This Task Force will create a study examining the impediments to women’s greater participation in business in the region. This study will look at challenges, opportunities, and case studies from other regions of the world, related to legislative and regulatory issues; cultural and social values; and education. This study will be released in early 2015.
The Women in Business Task Force will also work with chairs of other functional task force groups and work to identify business women throughout the region who can bring expertise to MECC’s work.