At an accelerated pace, the participation of Qatari women in the financial and business sector has increased over the past few years as their participation in all economic sectors, both traditional and modern, has expanded, having a positive effect on improving their contribution. to the national economy, the private sector and the strengthening of social protection.
Current estimates, according to data from the Qatar Chamber, indicate that the number of women who partially or fully own the companies registered in the Chamber is about 7,000 Qatari women, while the number of women who are authorized and have the right to manage in companies is about 4 900. , while the number of authorized signatories is just over 4,700 Qatari women.
Businesswoman Ibtihaj Al-Ahmadani, a member of the Qatar Chamber Board of Directors and President of the Qatari Businesswomen Forum, said that Qatari businesswomen have achieved great success in the business world and have made a clear impression in various economic sectors, showed that recent years have seen intense women’s economic activity, benefiting from the support and prescriptions of the leadership Good governance policies that support women and focus on empowering women and activating their economic participation.
Al-Ahmadani added in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that it is natural that these efforts lead to a wide participation of Qatari women in the fields of economic development, and a remarkable presence in the labor market and entrepreneurship. in particular, to point out that Qatari women have entered areas of business that were previously – Exclusive to the man and achieved remarkable success.
She pointed out that the rise of women in the world of business and finance is due to the Qatari legislation that supports women and motivates them to expand their business without exception and without discrimination, in addition to the facilities provided by the investment environment in the state is provided. of Qatar, which has encouraged many businesswomen to increase demand for investment, as estimates suggest. Their investments are estimated at billions of riyals, and are an important part of Qatar’s economic activity, indicating that women’s contribution to the national economy will grow year after year. year.
The president of the Qatari Businesswomen Forum confirms that the strong presence of Qatari women in family businesses is due to the fact that most women start their projects as family businesses and then gradually change into public or private shareholder companies, in addition to being family businesses. an important part of the Gulf’s economic heritage, noting that family support, whether material or moral, for businesswomen has greatly contributed to their acquisition of sufficient experience and knowledge to manage large companies and enter various investment sectors, and this type companies. has great privacy in management and organization.
She pointed out that the role of Qatari businesswomen is not limited to family businesses, but that there are companies owned and run by businesswomen who have established themselves and with individual efforts were able to turn them from ideas to companies on the ground. to transform.
On the other hand, Al-Ahmadani has noted the existence of some successful partnerships between Qatari businesswomen and their counterparts in Arab and Gulf countries, in various sectors, but they are not of the required size, adding: “We are striving for more partnerships and alliances at the level of Gulf and Arab businesswomen, and to develop them among Gulf business owners.” In particular, in terms of benefiting from the appropriate investment climate in the countries of the Cooperative Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
In turn, entrepreneur Haya Al-Dosari said businesswomen could rise to new heights in economics and investment, noting that entrepreneurship-related activities have become the most dominant among women projects.
She explained that the role of Qatari businesswomen was not limited to focusing on traditional sectors such as hospitality and home projects, but rather went beyond investing in various economic activities and sectors.
Al-Dosari added in exclusive statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that there are four main factors behind the growing participation of women in the economic field and the establishment of their commercial entities and investment projects, in particular: supporting the wise leadership of women on empower various areas, implement laws and legislation that stimulate investment, and the availability of investment opportunities feasible, prepare and train girls to learn business management and raise awareness of opportunities and project risks, highlighting the role of women in economic and commercial decisions and increased their participation in the field of investment.
She pointed out that her experience came from the womb of training and rehabilitation for Qatari businesswomen, explaining that she was one of the graduates of the “Women’s Economic Empowerment Project”, which organized opportunities and workshops for women to train them. guides on the world of money and business, and adds in this regard: “I trained on how to set up a business project and I won By following up on training on the idea proposal, the planning and implementation of the project on the ground … an integrated program has been implemented in this regard, which led to the establishment of three companies, and I am currently reaping the benefits of this amazing work and I have the desire to grow in the future and expand. “
The fields in which Qatari businesswomen are active vary to include most economic sectors, especially in the small and medium enterprises, especially the sectors of industry, tourism, real estate, contracting and construction, trade, and services, especially education, health – electronic design, general trade, import and export, and projects for local production of packaged food And the production of perfume, in addition to beauty centers and others, as well as women’s investments in local shares in the stock exchange, and there is a wonderful activity for owners of home-based businesses and productive families providing excellent quality products at competitive prices.
It is worth noting that gender equality and women’s empowerment are a basic and crucial pillar in the State of Qatar National Vision 2030, which has given valuable attention to the issue of empowering women and improving their capabilities, in order to ensure that they enjoy their right to work, which enables them to participate in economic activities, provide decent work and improve social protection for them Qatar is at the forefront of countries defending women’s rights and ensuring their economic empowerment.