Kuwait held a regional workshop on enhancing women’s access to better positions in the Middle East and North Africa with the participation of women from Arab countries.
The workshop was organized by the Kuwaiti Women’s Cultural and Social Society (WCSS) in cooperation with the World Bank under the title “Women in the Kuwaiti market.”
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Ghada Al-Ghanim, a member at the WCSS, told Xinhua that the workshop aimed at the status and role of women, adding that women in Kuwait are working in various positions.
The workshop showed stories of Kuwaiti women pioneers who have achieved outstanding success, including Ghanima Al-Saraawi, the first young Kuwaiti woman to serve as prosecutor in 2014.
She said that Kuwait provides the opportunity for women in the prosecution field.
In 2016, female prosecutors supervised for the first time the conduct of the Kuwait National Assembly elections and the vote counting process, and then participated in the municipal council elections in 2018, she said.
According to Saraawi, the number of female prosecutors in Kuwait now is 60, including 22 female attorneys who are eligible to run as judges.
For her part, Najla Ali Murad of Iraqi Ministry of Planning said that women in her country are facing several challenges, most notably the weak participation in economic activity.
“Most economic indicators show that the participation rate of Iraqi women in economic activity is around 13 percent, which is low compared with men’s participation,” she told Xinhua.
Murad noted the low percentage of Iraqi women working in the private sector, saying that “we have begun steps to empower women and increase their contribution through the advancement of the private sector.”
On the experience of women in Tunisia, Samira Abdouni, senior employment consultant at the Tunisian National Employment Agency, said that women in Tunisia have made many achievements in terms of employment in various sectors, including the agricultural and industrial sectors.
Saida Bouzina, a senior social worker at the Tunisian Ministry of Social Affairs, said “Tunisian women are very fortunate to have benefited from a legal base equal to men in all fields including health, education and employment sector.”
Asmaa Al-Nasan, representative from the Jordanian Ministry of Labor, pointed out that the Jordanian women’s experience is unique with presence and achievements in all fields.
She noted that Jordanian women face some of the difficulties faced by most women in the Arab world, such as the acceptance of society, traditions, economic difficulties and the circumstances surrounding the region.
Nancy Rizq, a consultant in the Lebanese Ministry of Labor, stressed the importance of this regional workshop and the issue of enhancing the role of women.
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