ABCK-AmCham Kuwait held its first-ever ‘Women in Business Diwaniya’, which was sponsored and hosted by Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, and was held in partnership with the US Embassy.
The event started with opening remarks by ABCK-AmCham Kuwait’s Vice Chairman, Dr. Arezou Harraf, who welcomed participants and gave a warm welcome to the Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy, Sunny Ahmed, the US Embassy’s Counsellor for Public Affairs Christy Watkins, and Women’s Rights Advocate. Engineer Sara Akbar.
Dr. Harraf began the discussion by talking about the importance of women’s capacity building and mentorship in Kuwait, and the provision of professional mentorship and skill-building. She then detailed the opportunities that empower women in Kuwait, and how these can be utilized to fulfill their economic potential.
For her part, Ms. Watkins said that the US embassy in Kuwait aims to help women identify opportunities and develop competitive strategies in emerging sectors that are traditionally dominated by men, such as STEM, finance, infrastructure, hospitality, and healthcare. She added. “The US government supports the private sector industry, associations, and companies leading the charge to empower women in Kuwait, and also facilitates partnerships in conjunction with AmCham Kuwait and the US Embassy. Women in Kuwait can use these opportunities to develop paths to real change, as women entrepreneurs are a growing market force and serve as a critical source of innovation and job creation.“
Participants then discussed the importance of having role models in each industry, which will encourage even more young ladies to participate in the STEM sectors. Together, they discussed the different resources available within the group of participants and how these resources can be utilized to advance women’s economic growth in the country. The participants also agreed to use these initiatives to address Kuwait’s specific needs, spread awareness, design events for capacity building and network so that mutual success can be fostered.