Muscat – Al Shabiba
The work of the Second Arab Forum for Working Women, entitled “The Future of Women Entrepreneurs in the Light of Digital Economies”, organized by the Ministry of Labor in collaboration with the Arab Labor Organization, has been completed. Over two consecutive days, a number of topics were discussed at his residence at the Millennium Resort Salalah, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nasr bin Amer Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor for Labor.
The forum came out with a number of recommendations, notably focusing more attention on digital inclusion by building institutional systems aimed at reducing the digital gender gap; And the formulation of a legal framework guaranteeing the rights of women entrepreneurs, regulating work within the framework of digital economies, and promoting and creating enabling environments to support digitization by rehabilitating the Arab workforce, especially for women, to the challenges that the age of artificial intelligence and the technological revolution.
The forum also recommended developing a system of gender-responsive statistics and indicators with the aim of developing and evaluating policies and programs needed to improve women’s presence in the digital economy, creating infrastructure and developing information – and expand communication technology services and make them available to all without discrimination, and the need to adopt financial inclusion strategies aimed at improving women’s access to finance and services Digital finance related to it, and the promotion of social dialogue between social partners in various issues of interest to working women, especially the development of joint programs to improve women’s skills in data analysis, develop their abilities in entrepreneurship, prepare society to the idea of women’s contribution to be accepted as entrepreneurs, to offer professional support, to overcome obstacles, etc orcom and lead students to the principles of gender equality in work production, innovation, design and project management, by adopting an early educational approach on the importance of entrepreneurship for women and for society as a whole, a sense of entrepreneurship and increasing a culture of self-employment, developing its basic skills, changing the stereotype that women do not see as successful entrepreneurs and development Designing educational paths The Entrepreneurship program includes a woman-specific target that addresses the current challenges and obstacles that women face and consider ways to overcome them, encourage young women to learn in technological and artificial intelligence branches, and integrate the concept of entrepreneurship in educational curricula to increase women’s access to information and communication technology to develop digital skills for building working women.
The forum also recommended the need to provide social support to working women through the family and society to support their ability to achieve a balance in their dual responsibility in work and family care, especially since job burnout is one of the biggest challenges is what working women face and activates the role of emerging financial technology companies in the region, including Accelerating the pace of development of digital payments and the inclusive digital economy, building capacities for women entrepreneurs, providing opportunities for communication with supporters and donors , provides opportunities for practical application of the ideas of women entrepreneur projects and develops appropriate assessment tools for women entrepreneur projects that help them identify challenges and opportunities for improvement, and the advanced skills they need to develop their projects and the need to training programs for women entrepreneurs to focus on advanced skills and continue to develop and update them and link them to social, economic and technological variables and the need to link government agencies, donors and civil society within the framework of a comprehensive training umbrella for various national partnerships to support women entrepreneurs’ projects and build a comprehensive understanding. of the needs of women as user number services This is based on taking into account the multiple roles of women and establishing more flexible arrangements for remote work. The forum recommended creating new opportunities via the Internet, developing the e-commerce environment, paying attention to modern means of communication, activating its role in spreading a culture of equality and non-discrimination, a gender- present responsive media discourse and work to expand horizons and bridges of communication between female entrepreneurs in the labor market and women with pioneering intentions at the level National or national to lead successful experiences in the field of women’s entrepreneurship in the Arab region.
In its third session, the forum discussed the challenges and solutions faced (the future of entrepreneurship in the light of digital economies), led by His Excellency Al-Ain Rabiha Al-Dabbas of the Kingdom of Jordan, and with the participation of Rania Farouk, Head of the Women’s Unit and Special Groups of the Arab Labor Organization, who presented a working paper entitled (Entrepreneurship), reviewed by It includes the qualities and characteristics that should be associated with the entrepreneur, as well as the opportunities for women to engage in productive and service activities, create the institutional and legislative environment, and describe the inter-Arab trade for entrepreneurs, future economies, the knowledge economy and Arab women in the digital labor market. Her Excellency Sheikha Dina bint Rashid Al Khalifa, Assistant Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Bahraini Women, delivered a country presentation titled (National Efforts in Support of Bahraini Entrepreneurship) in which she reviewed the Bahraini national model for gender balance, the future. of jobs in light of the pandemic, and the experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain to contain the repercussions of the pandemic COVID-19 and national efforts in support of the digitization of entrepreneurship and access to services. Afterwards, Abeer Al-Rashudi from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presented a working paper entitled (The Experience of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Field of Entrepreneurship), in which she reviewed the companies of business incubators and accelerators, the Badir Incubator, the financing of enterprises, the education and career guidance platform (Saboul), the support of professional certificates and the empowerment of Saudi women through entrepreneurship.
Perfumes Hussein Al-Moussawi of the Republic of Iraq reviewed a paper entitled Digital Transformation into Women’s Economic Empowerment, in which it addressed the importance of digital transformation in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the future digital transformation, the digital economy , women’s empowerment and women’s participation in the economy.
Discussing the fourth theme of the conference (the role of women in the success of institutions in the light of digital economies (challenges and solutions), led by Dr. Sana Al-Asfoor from the State of Kuwait, and with the participation of Shaima bint Ali Al Lawatia, Executive Vice President for Culture, Labour, Human Resources and Sustainability at Okio Company in the Sultanate of Oman, who presented a paper A work entitled (The Role of Women in the Success of Institutes in the Light of Digital Economies – Transformation and Solutions), through which I reviewed the concept of diversity and inclusion and its relationship with women, a study in entrepreneurship and the challenges women face in the face of digital economies and some proposed solutions to the challenges that women face in the face of digital economies.
Samira bint Saeed Masn, of the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, presented a special video presentation for the authority; It contains an overview of the authority, the departments of the authority’s branches in the governorates and its affiliated centres, the authority’s vision, mission and values, the authority’s powers, the objectives the authority is trying to achieve, the services provided by provided by the government, the eligibility criteria for the entrepreneurship card, Sanad centers for services and financing programs, the government’s most prominent initiatives and programs, and the growth rates of small and medium enterprises for card holders Pioneering and creative craft industries. During the closing session of the conference, successful experiences in women’s entrepreneurship were presented by Rehab bint Awad bin Bakheet Al Shatri and Reem bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Aufi from the Sultanate of Oman.
Honor the participants
Finally, the sponsor of the ceremony, accompanied by Fayez Ali Al-Mutairi, director general of the Arab Labor Organization, honored the participants and organizers, and Nabhan bin Ahmed Al-Batashy, head of the General Federation of Workers of the Sultanate of Oman, honored a number of participating parties.