Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Government, Legal and Humanity

Gender inequality creates an average global income loss of 13.5%, seen highest in the Middle East and North Africa at 27% in comparison to Europe, evaluated at 10%
Dubai, September 20, 2017:   The subject of gender diversity is still an emerging one in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region – where levels of engagement differ across countries, industries, and organization sizes; hence, many organizations may be missing out on significant growth potential derived from having a diverse workforce. In the UAE, in particular, female participation has gone from 34% to 46% between 2000 and 2014, according to the recently release report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) entitled ‘How Organizations In The Middle East Can Stretch Their Diversity Spend', the report discusses ways in which GCC organizations can fully embrace gender diversity and further develop the future leaders of tomorrow, for a positive organizational and economic impact.   
According the report, gender inequality creates an average global income loss of 13.5%, which can be divided into losses due to gaps in occupational choices and losses due to labor force participation gaps. This figure is the lowest in Europe (10%) and highest in the Middle East and North Africa (27%). Since 2000, almost all the GCC countries have experienced a significant improvement in women's participation in the labor force. The UAE, in particular, has gone from 34% to 46%; however, what has come to the fore is that the increase in women's workforce participation, in the UAE, has been accompanied by an increase in the female unemployment rate. This is partially driven by higher education attainment that was not matched by an increase in relevant opportunities in the labor market. 
“To develop and empower the female leaders of tomorrow, CEOs and senior leaders should integrate gender diversity as a core part of the organization's strategic objectives and ensure organization-wide communication and engagement. In particular, the commitment of middle management will be critical, as that is who engages every day with employees, and is responsible for performance assessments and promotions,” said Dr Leila Hoteit, Partner and Managing Director at BCG Middle East. 
Large organizations in the GCC have been particularly successful in implementing cutting-edge flexible schemes and arrangements for female employees. However, initiatives are successful only if they tackle the right issues and implementing initiatives that can attract talented GCC women, such as flexible working arrangements and inclusive policies. 
Diversity and Inclusion: Identifying Barriers and Bridging the Gap
In many GCC countries, cultural bias still exists, and women are perceived as unsuitable for some jobs or positions. Regulations can also represent a barrier to gender diversity despite significant improvements in the past five to ten years. 
Cultural bias and lack of supporting environment – In an environment where there is still a cultural bias against women working in specific industries or roles, adopting quotas can be a winning strategy in the short term - a way to jump the cultural bias barrier by “forcing” the trend. However, the decision to impose a quota or not depends on the country's context and the leadership's belief on whether progress can truly be achieved without the push of quotas. For example, the UAE Cabinet, in 2012, enacted a law requiring listed companies and government agencies to reserve at least 30% of their board seats for women. 
Six Actions to Empower Women Leaders of Tomorrow in the GCC
To develop and empower the women who will be leaders of tomorrow, six actions should be taken: 
  1.  Including gender diversity as a strategic objective - Organizations should make gender diversity a core part of their strategic objectives and keep it at the top of the agenda by embedding the gender diversity agenda in the organization values; explicitly mentioning gender diversity as a strategic objective; developing specific KPIs on gender diversity to be monitored regularly and reported to the top leadership and/or published in the organization's sustainability report; and adding women-related topics to the corporate social responsibility effort. 
  2. Ensuring engagement of the senior leadership and the middle management - A major obstacle witnessed by many organizations was limited engagement of top management in gender diversity initiatives. Few leaders engage and communicate internally on gender diversity. Consequently, middle management is generally not well informed, creating disconnect between the intentions of senior leadership and actual operations. 
  3. Fostering retention of high-potential women - In order to significantly and sustainably foster high-potential women pursuing longer-term careers with current employers, organizations should adopt best practices by ensuring the organization is increasingly perceived as an attractive place for women to work. While it is critical to ensure the continuation and extension of flexible working arrangements by removing the stigma associated with them and making them available also to male employees, it is also important to promote an inclusive culture and policies, leveraging both formal and informal channels.
  4. Promoting development of women - Providing trainings dedicated to women, to help them to build on their strengths and overcome potential challenging areas in the current male-dominated work environment, such as workshops on 'mental toughness,' 'how to speak up,' or 'build your personal brand' have proven successful, as has instituting development programs aimed at women, such as leadership programs and networking events tailored to women.
  5. Advocating for women in leadership through positive promotion of role models - The limited number of female role models in certain positions was also mentioned as a major obstacle by interviewed organizations, and women themselves are often held responsible for the lack of role models. Listening to and being inspired by other women is an effective way to gain confidence and increase success and further development. The focus on role models with the promotion of female CEOs and the inclusion of women in governments has achieved impressive results in the GCC. In October 2008, the UAE's first female judge was sworn in. The Dubai Women Establishment reports that, following this appointment, many more applications from Emirati women interested in pursuing this path were received. The same thing happened following the appointment of the first UAE female jet fighter in 2007, also the first woman in the UAE Air Force to lead a mission abroad in 2014. 
  6. Ensuring fairness and removal of conscious or unconscious biases - Another critical area is addressing the potential unconscious gender bias with leaders and managers in charge of evaluation and performance management processes. Tools to address this issue are: widespread communication of the gender diversity agenda, and organizing and conducting training aimed at male employees, specifically for removing the bias in hiring women and for developing and promoting them.
“Retention, advancement, and leadership-building are the key areas on which organizations should focus. Applying best practices in retaining talent, ensuring fairness and equal opportunities, removing any conscious or unconscious bias, and promoting role models are the key tools,” concluded Dr Hoteit. 

Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 9943 times
Posted on : Wednesday, September 20, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : UAE Hosts Bloomberg Global Business Forum and Leaders' Roundtable at 72nd UN General Assembly in New...
Next Story : Dubai Health Authority Highlights Humanitarian Initiatives to Help Patients with Financial Constrain...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers


Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Sacoor Brothers launches FIRST ever Fragrance “GENTLEMAN”
Get Your Summer Glow From Within
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula for Body and Hair
Express Your Signature Style
The Memovox Adventure
Cerruti 1881 Infinite Love
Tissot Lepine It's making a comeback Vintage
OMEGA's second "Speedy Tuesday" sells in 01:53.17
Manero Peripheral (43 Mm) Classic Watchmaking Meets State -of-the - Art Technology
The Lacoste Family Capbreton Collection
Olivia Burton Watercolour Florals
Ferrari takes the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” design award for the fourth year r...
Ulysse Nardin Salutes Us Navy With Limited Edition Executive Skeleton Tourbillon
New short indie movie ‘The Peril' is a wake-up call to parents about internet sa...
Beat the heat with mini dresses
Innovative Chronofighter Superlight Carbon is replete with Graham's formidable m...
DKNY Fall 2018
UAE's Emirates Transport Chooses Oracle Cloud to Drive Rapid Expansion and Deliv...
Enjoy an all-day breakfast at Sophie's Café
Tissot T-Race Cycling An adrenaline-fuelled ride
Marchon Eyewear and G-III Apparel Group Sign Exclusive Global Licensing Agreemen...
Tridom, Ras Al Khaimah's first indoor adventure park, opens its doors in Manar Mall
Jaeger-Lecoultre Main Sponsor of the 75th International Film Festival of La Bie...
Travel Light with Beauty Essentials from Glambeaute.com
Dubai Camel Racing Club Honours Al Tayer Motors
Oh, Sweetie Lipcolour!
Open Dairies by Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium: A gastronomical event for touris...
Inspired by legends, worn by new heroes, PUMA FOOTBALL brings you the AC MILAN 2...
DHL Express drives energy efficient solutions with new electric vehicles in Dubai
Airbus unveils winners of its ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative
Dubai Creek Harbour Project Celebrates 5 Million Man Hours with Zero Lost Time A...
Enjoy DSS 2018 Offers at Parah
Go Down Memory Lane with Fashion Trends from the '90s
Outstanding Guide programme launched by Sharjah Museums Authority
Sighting Immediate Hiring of UAE Nationals, Union Coop Organizes Exclusive Recru...
Launch of PINAR Water - Turkey
Abu Dhabi Airports Celebrates Success at CIPS Middle East Supply Management Awards
Cromia Offers Amazing Discounts during DSS
2XL launches luxurious Louna sofa set in velvet
Dubai Business Women Council witnesses 28.3% growth in total membership during f...
Summer Love by Mouawad
New hope for patients as world's first and only approved therapy to treat two ty...
Tommy Hilfiger Dressed Up Collections
Finnair launches off-airport baggage collection and check-in service in London w...
HP Collaborates with Abu Dhabi's Danat Al Emarat Hospital to Re-invent Patients'...
Experts urge residents to recognize early signs of Heart Disease
Take your mobile gaming to the next level
DS Podium Chronograph - Sporty as ever, now with PrecidriveTM
Martin on a Mission as He Claims Sixth Spot for UAE Team Emirates in Stage Five ...
Mobile Fiesta at Jumbo Electronics this DSS 2018