53% of respondents said they have experienced discrimination on a project site
Over half of female architects in the Middle East have been the victims of sexual discrimination, according to a survey by Arabian Business’ sister website Middle East Architect last month.
More than 57 percent of the women who completed the survey said they had experienced sexual discrimination in meetings with clients, contractors, engineers, planners and colleagues, with almost 53 percent saying they’ve experienced it on a project site.
“On several other occasions, during informal meetings with top management, I would be subjected to listening to banter between C-level managers making inappropriate innuendos about other female colleagues,” an unnamed female architect was quoted as saying.
The survey also revealed that female architects in the Middle East earn an average of $15,000, with 63 percent of respondents saying they believe that they receive a lower income than similarly qualified male architects.
The survey consisted of 141 female architects in the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Libya and Turkey.
Read the full survey here.