Doha 12th November 2013: Qatar has worked to integrate women’s issues in the various components of national strategies and plans, said Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, HE the Minister of Energy and Industry while speaking at the opening session of the 4th Qatar International Business Women Forum at St Regis Hotel on Monday.
The two day conference is organized by the Qatari Business Women’s Association (QBWA) in cooperation with the Interactive Business Network (IBN). Around 1,000 delegates from 39 nations are attending the annual forum. Being held under the theme ” Arab Business Women: Pioneers of Change”, the conference will discuss the issues related to promoting women in business.
Dr. Al Sada said that change through education became evident in the country and was reflected in the evolution of the number and levels of female graduates of colleges and universities. The enrollment of females at universities exceeded the rate for males since 1999 and continue to be so to date, he added.
HE the minister emphasized the contribution of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in empowering Qatari women. He said: “HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the chairperson of Qatar Foundation, who is a role model for the new generation of Qataris, has contributed to the empowerment of women by supporting many women’s issues, especially education. Qatari women have outnumbered men in high school and university education for so many years and the trend still continues.”
“We must confirm the status and the important role women play in society. The case is not in the empowerment of women but in giving women their own real status. Qatar has taken a push from a national road map to a better society under the Qatar National Vision 2030. The state of Qatar has done its best to include women in all national development and strategic plans,” the minister added.
The report of the sustainability of the energy sector and industry in Qatar companies showed an increase in the contribution of women in sectors like oil and gas , refining , petrochemicals , energy. The percentage of women employed in the services sector support for energy and industry sector rose to more than 41 percent in 2012, Dr. Al Sada added.
He added that women improved their position in the non-governmental sectors to form a third of the Qatari workers and entered the financial investment sector to account for more than half of the total dealers in the Qatari stocks, according to the report of the Millennium Development Goals in the State of Qatar of 2012.
Vice Chairwoman of QBWA Aisha Alfardan said: “This Forum is to help Qatari, Gulf and Arab women.”
“We will discuss the obstacles they face in the Arab region and how we can work together, hand in hand, to overcome these and find solutions. It is about co-operation and working together to advance the role of women in business throughout the world,” she added.
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