In cooperation between the Arab Labor Organization and the presence of the Director General of the Organization, Fayez Al-Mutairi, the Ministry of Labor in the Sultanate of Oman, and under the patronage of Marwan bin Turki bin Mahmoud Al Said, Governor of Dhofar, launched the activities of the Second Arab Forum for Working Women Business Challenges and Solutions, which was held in Salalah, Sultanate of Oman, and discussed the future of women’s entrepreneurship in the light of digital economies, with the aim of future and digital economic empowerment, and organized by the Ministry of Labor in collaboration with the Arab Labor Organization under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Marwan bin Turki bin Mahmoud Al Said, Governor of Dhofar. In the presence of delegations from Arab countries, Al-Asfoor pointed out that the forum dealt with various axes in the institutional and legislative frameworks for women entrepreneurship, built the capacities of women entrepreneurs through digital education and training, in addition to the future of entrepreneurship in the light of digital economies in terms of challenges and ambition, and the role of women in the success of institutions. In light of digital economies in terms of challenges and solutions..
Working papers were also discussed on improving the contributions of the private sector to attract and increase the number of female entrepreneurs working in digital businesses. And developing a scientific and training base to push women to play a greater role within the digital workforce, and to provide them with the tools and skills they need. Reducing barriers to women’s participation in the workforce by developing more flexible arrangements for remote work, creating new opportunities via the Internet, developing the e-commerce environment and awarding flexible programs aimed at female entrepreneurs who adapt to the digital environment and use technological aids.
Dr. Marwan bin Turki bin Mahmoud Al Said, Governor of Dhofar, said: Women entrepreneurs must have clear goals at the national level, to help them provide equal opportunities and strengthen their role in light of this changing system in the light of an Arab strategy, adding that the presence of Muscat as an Arab digital city enhances what it sets. The Sultanate of Oman has legislative frameworks.
The Second Arab Forum for Working Women recommended focusing on the formulation of a legal framework that guarantees the rights of women entrepreneurs and regulates work within the framework of digital economies, and the promotion and creation of enabling environments to support digitization by rehabilitating the Arab labor force, especially for women, to face the challenges posed by the age of artificial intelligence and the technological revolution, and the development of the statistical system and gender-responsive indicators with the aim of policies and programs to develop and evaluate what is needed to improve the presence of women in the digital economy, and to create and develop infrastructure to expand information and communication technology services and make them available to all without discrimination.
The forum also recommended the need to adopt financial inclusion strategies aimed at improving women’s access to finance and related digital financial services, and to improve social dialogue between social partners on various issues of concern to working women, especially the development of joint programs to improve women’s skills in data analysis, and to develop their capacities in Entrepreneurship and prepare society to accept the idea of women’s contribution as entrepreneurs, provide professional support, overcome obstacles and orient students to the principles of gender equality in work, production, innovation, design and project management, adopting an early educational approach with the importance of entrepreneurship for women and for society as a whole.
He also recommended nurturing a sense of entrepreneurship and a culture of self-employment, developing its basic skills, changing the stereotype that women are not successful entrepreneurs, and developing educational pathways for entrepreneurship and to design which includes a special target for women, to consider the current challenges and obstacles that women face and ways to overcome them, and to encourage young women to learn in Technological branches and artificial intelligence, the integration of the concept of entrepreneurship in educational curricula to facilitate women’s access to information and communication technology in order to build digital skills for working women, and the need to provide social support to working women through the family and society to increase their ability support to balance their dual responsibilities in work and family care. Especially since job burnout is one of the biggest challenges facing working women, and activating the role of emerging financial technology companies in the region, working to accelerate the development of digital payments and the inclusive digital economy and capacity for women build entrepreneurs, and provide opportunities for communication with supporters and donors that provide opportunities for practical application of project ideas Women entrepreneurs, develop appropriate assessment tools It helps them to identify challenges and opportunities for improvement, and the advanced skills they need to develop their projects, and the need to focus training programs for women entrepreneurs on advanced skills, and continue to develop and modernize them and link them to social, economic and technological variables, and the need to government agencies, donors and connecting civil society ind within the framework of a Comprehensive training umbrella for various national partnerships to support women entrepreneurs’ projects and build a comprehensive understanding of women’s needs as users of digital services, based on taking into account the multiple roles of women and establish more flexible arrangements for remote work,
Creating new opportunities via the Internet, developing the e-commerce environment, paying attention to modern means of communication and activating them in spreading a culture of equality and non-discrimination, presenting a gender-responsive media discourse, and work to expand horizons and bridges of communication between female entrepreneurs in labor markets and women with pioneering intentions at national or national level The National Institute for guidance on successful experiences in the field of women’s entrepreneurship in the Arab region.
The forum came under the title “The future of women’s entrepreneurship in the light of digital economies”, which was organized by the Ministry of Labor in collaboration with the Arab Labor Organization at the Millennium Resort in Salalah. And a number of officials, specialists and decision-makers participated in it through working papers presented in depth on the work to improve the contributions of the private sector to attract and increase the number of female entrepreneurs working in digital businesses, and to ‘ establish a scientific and training base to push women to play a greater role within the digital workforce, and to provide them with the tools and skills they need, and to reduce the barriers to women’s participation in the workforce by developing more flexible arrangements for remote work, creating new online opportunities, the e-commerce environment, and granting flexible programs aimed at female entrepreneurs using the digital environment and technological tools.