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Gulf Bank sponsors ‘Women in the Economy’ Forum
April 26, 2017, 3:13 pm

In line with its corporate social responsibility focus to empower women, Gulf Bank announced its successful sponsorship of the ‘Women and the Economy’ forum, organized by Kuwait University’s Women’s Research and Studies Center. The event took place from 24- 26 April, under the auspices of H.E Dr. Mohammad Al-Fares, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education, at Kuwait University’s College of Social Sciences in Shuwaikh.

The forum, which was attended by high profile individuals from Kuwait, the Gulf and other Arab countries, shed light on the significant role women play in developing a country’s economy. It also addressed the important role which organizations play in providing training programs that encourage women to join the workforce, and more importantly, the nation’s role in encouraging the diversity in the roles which women lead, by altering certain policies.

Commenting on Gulf Bank’s sponsorship and participation, Laila Al-Qatami, Assistant General Manager for Corporate Communications, said: “Gulf Bank is pleased to sponsor this event because we believe gender diversity and equality in the workplace is an important issue. Numerous studies show the positive business and financial impact of having a workplace that is appealing to women.  Events such as these play an important role in bringing this topic to the forefront and offering solutions to increase female participation in the workplace and economy.”

Ms. Al-Qatami continued: “We thank Kuwait University and the Women’s Research and Studies Center for organizing this conference and bringing together an impressive range of speakers to not only discuss the issues, but to also put forward solutions to encourage women’s participation in the labor force and to achieve success in their respective fields.”

Jennah Al Mattar, Assistant General Manager for Human Resources at Gulf Bank participated in the panel discussion entitled ‘The Role of the Private Sector in Supporting Women’s Economic Participation’.  Ms. Al Mattar shed light on the key motivating factors for women in the workplace, in addition to initiatives steered by Gulf Bank that aim to build a workplace based on gender parity and meritocracy.

A series of workshops were also held during the two-day forum, which focused on the development of women’s personal and social skills, and addressed topics such as how to choose the ideal career and how to create a balance between work and personal life. Women and the sustainable development 2030 objectives were also one of the main topics addressed during these sessions. 

The forum also featured an exhibition, in which Gulf Bank participated, among several other economic and social entities and public benefit associations. 

To learn more about Gulf Bank’s initiatives, visit one of Gulf Bank’s 56 branches; call the Customer Contact Center on 1805805, or log on to, Gulf Bank’s bilingual website, or its social media channels.

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