International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8 every year to draw attention to issues such as gender equality, inclusion, and economic inequality. However, it also recognizes and celebrates the achievements and contributions of women from across the globe and from all walks of life, including social, economic, cultural, and political fields.
The March listicle of “Economy Middle East” highlights the success stories of 27 regional women in the three main fields of Banking & Finance, Telecom, and Technology. These are inspiring accounts of personal and professional growth that have left a lasting impact.
Despite facing significant challenges, these women have risen to top professional positions in sectors traditionally dominated by men. Their stories not only highlight their resilience in breaking the glass ceiling and overcoming cultural barriers but also shed light on the support they offer to advance the careers of other women through NGOs, training and specialized organizations focused on highlighting women’s capabilities and needs.
This world is fraught with numerous challenges such as high inflation, unemployment, climate change, and geopolitical insecurity, among others.
Overcoming these obstacles requires collective efforts, and to achieve that, we must break down barriers, including those hindering women from ascending to leadership and influential positions in their professions.
In contemporary society, social movements and corporate responsibility are the driving force behind consumers’ purchasing habits and environmental awareness. Furthermore, social media plays a significant role in shaping public perception and support for women, especially during International Women’s Day, by reinforcing the important role women play in business and society and in shaping global sentiment around these issues
To clarify, the women mentioned in this listicle are not ranked based on merit, but rather by Alphabetical order, as the intent is to showcase in no particular order their accomplishments in the three aforementioned sectors.
The Banking & Finance, Technology, and Telecom industries are essential business and economic sectors that, in particular, this region’s countries need to diversify their economies, reduce reliance on hydrocarbons, and advance their visions as drivers of global growth, innovation, and economic prosperity.
As we celebrate IWD, we recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of these inspirational women.