Living in Palestine, Abeer Abu Ghaith never settled for a standard career, and was always an activist, volunteer and social worker. Those qualities provided her with the resources and opportunities to help her realise her entrepreneurship dream.
Just over two years ago, she set up StayLinked, a talent broker between skilled Palestinian freelancers and businesses with project needs from all over the world that need to outsource certain services.
StayLinked’s model is best described as being a hybrid between crowd-sourcing, outsourcing and freelancing channels. It’s a business model that has had a wide socioeconomic impact in West Bank and Gaza
StayLinked also led to Abu Ghaith being branded Palestine’s first female high-tech entrepreneur.
“Palestinian women face a lot of challenges,” Abu Ghaith told AP earlier last year. “We have plenty of qualified women in my area who have no access to jobs. As a woman, I can help and change the world in my own way, even if the society wants to confine us in the kitchen and the house.”
Abu Ghaith is also the country officer at Women’s Campaign International (WCI), an international organisation working in emerging democracies and post-conflict regions around the world.