The State of Kuwait is one of the top countries in the region that employ women, Chairwoman of Arab International Women's Forum (AIWF) Haifa Al-Kaylani said on Thursday.
Al-Kaylani made the statement during a speech at the 8th AIWF Conference "Young Arab Women Leaders", adding that Kuwait ranked first amongst Arab countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2014. The one-day event, which is held in collaboration with Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, discusses contributions of both the private and public sectors to aiding women and youth in business and projects development, she noted.
She indicated that the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs has made several successes in supporting women and youth. "The ministry backed 250 projects and initiatives to help the Kuwaiti youth enhance their capabilities," she stated.
Al-Kaylani said that the young Arab women leadership has been a milestone in the mission of AIWF over the past 15 years in terms of promoting education and training on leadership, and building capabilities as well as strengthening relations between women and youth in all sectors.
Youth unemployment is a major challenge facing the region, she stressed, calling for overcoming this issues so as to avoid social disorders in some countries.
She pointed out that studies shown that the rates of employment of young women is much lower than that of youth men in most regions across the globe. She said the labor laws in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states make largely balance between the rates of employment of women and men, noting that the rates of women in workforce are the highest in the region.
The Kuwaiti women have been an outstanding mark in business for a long time, she said, adding that there are many examples of women who made success in many fields in the country.
Up to 70 percent of the Kuwaiti women are university graduates, she stated. The Kuwaiti women make up at least 30 percent of the total number of lawyers, she said, indicating that the women in 2005 were appointed as ministers for the first time, and occupied seats at the National Assembly and governmental posts.