Published Saturday 11 June 2022 12:53
Al-Madina News: – Businesswomen have confirmed that Jordanian women play an active role in the information technology sector, given their ability and possession of the necessary skills, and that the most important thing they need is to overcome obstacles to their rise in eliminate leadership tasks. this important sector, according to statements to the Jordan News Agency (Petra). .
Zain Asfour, Director of Business Development at the Association of Information and Communication Technology Companies “Entaj”, said that women play an active role in the information technology sector, especially as women hold about a third of the jobs in the sector, which make their share. of leadership positions well when compared to other sectors in the Kingdom.
She referred to the role of the Intaj Association in supporting and developing the role of women in the sector, through the launch of various development initiatives, the most important of which is the Women’s Empowerment Initiative “Shetex”, which sought to increase the presence of women in the ICT sector.
She pointed out that universities graduate thousands of female students to enter the labor market, requiring everyone to join hands to equip them to possess the scientific and practical skills needed to join the labor market.
In turn, the founder and CEO of Galaxy Technology Organization, dr. Rima Diab, said that the role of women in the information technology sector is very important as a business owner or founder, who has their ability to succeed and promote economically and to have the power to make economic decisions.
She added that women in Jordan are still over-represented in low-wage occupations, while there are very few women in high-ranking positions in the region as a whole, noting that the establishment of the first organization in technology specializing in artificial intelligence and concerned is. with technological empowerment of women came with the aim of providing women with modern technological skills to increase the pace of women’s economic participation by working with technologies such as artificial intelligence, programming and others.
She explained that, according to the United Nations report in the Middle East and North Africa, the rate of women’s participation in the labor force is about 20.5 percent, and it is estimated that 33 percent of women in the region participate to vulnerable employment compared to 23 percent of men.
Diab stressed the need to focus on women’s entrepreneurship by adopting a special strategy to promote women’s economic empowerment and at the same time reduce gender inequality.
She pointed out that women were most affected during the Corona pandemic, in the loss of jobs, as many companies became dependent on modern technology in their employment, and stressed that the economic empowerment of women through technology is one of the main pillars for the expansion of economic opportunities before them as a crucial factor in their empowerment.
She indicated that economic empowerment in the context of women’s rights, employment, social justice and comprehensive sustainable development includes social, economic and environmental dimensions in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, where modern technologies today, especially mobile phones, the internet and computers, play a role. a major role with its presence in the hands of most women to accelerate their business growth.
She said digital skills have become fundamental to the education and empowerment of women to innovate business models, build networks and social-professional relationships, develop business plans, raise capital and communicate with stakeholders and clients.
Diab added that through its work with women in all economic empowerment programs led by the Galaxy organization, it seeks to empower women by adopting a comprehensive approach to programs, to contribute to ensuring higher levels of income, improving access to and control over resources, and increasing security for all women, including protection against electronic extortion.
The organization also works with governments, the World Bank and the United Nations to promote decent work and productive employment by addressing the structural causes of inequality.
Diab indicated that we have the ability to strengthen the spirit of entrepreneurship among women, change the basic stereotype of employment, reduce barriers and contribute to the creation of an environment conducive to developing the spirit of entrepreneurship and support their projects. To the detriment of the adaptability and competitiveness of SMEs, it has at the same time weakened and excluded many small businesses that are not digitally ready.
She reviewed the most prominent factors contributing to women’s economic empowerment, such as the challenge of changing gender stereotypes and the acceptance of women in higher administrative positions by increasing social awareness in school curricula and increasing focus on highlighting women’s success stories. as ideal for girls to improve their abilities.
She said ensuring women’s support in all government policies contributes to the translation and promotion of gender-sensitive evidence-based policies, and stresses the need to strengthen the capacity of national institutions to provide gender-sensitive economic empowerment services.
In turn, Qastas Legal Technologies CEO Nisreen Haram said women are capable and have the skills and do not need to be empowered as much as they need to overcome obstacles to be included in leadership roles in information technology. sector.
She added that the challenges faced by women do not differ qualitatively from the challenges faced by their colleagues in terms of the nature of the challenge, therefore we should not treat the cases of women’s presence in the sector as if these are exceptional cases arising from empowerment. sector is very friendly for working women because of working hours, support for remote work and the work environment.
She pointed out that policies that support women working in the sector will increase their presence, especially with regard to transport and nurseries, in addition to policies that motivate companies to balance jobs and equal opportunities between women and men.
Engineer Ruba Darwish, general manager of BMB, which specializes in providing technological solutions in the areas of cyber security, digital, digital banking and big data solutions, in turn said that successful women should set an example for other women in their ability to overcome problems. in the information technology sector It plays a key role in economic empowerment as it is an important contributor to it.
She emphasized the importance of labor law’s contribution to supporting women, especially if they are married or have children and want to work from home or during flexible working hours, and called on companies to address the nature of women’s work. and their different responsibilities regarding home and work at the same time, and emphasizes the need for women to improve their self-confidence and to believe in her ability to succeed in this field.
Heba Al-Majali, a founding partner of Intrasoft Jordan, a company that specializes in manufacturing systems, software and implementing ready-made solutions, in turn said that women have a leading role in society that extends further. than just empowering women. It starts with creating a work environment based on gender equality and gives everyone equal opportunities based on efficiency This in itself is the first step in increasing women’s participation in work, as the presence of women in a leading position is in itself a catalyst is to encourage them and ensure the existence of opportunities in work learning and encourage them to become involved in the information technology sector, which has long been considered a male sector, which will lead to the economic empowerment of women and will ensure a Source of income that the level of family income.
She added that women have proven over the years that they are committed to work, and in some disciplines in information technology, they have had a leadership role and proved their success.
She pointed to the factors that contribute to women’s economic empowerment, such as training, soft loans, the provision of business promotion advisory centers and financial advisory services to prevent their projects from stumbling, in addition to the need to be open to the home – Managing jobs to empower women in the governorships, and accept the idea of flexible working hours.