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Dubai telco du launches Women's Council to cut gender gap

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company says the launch is part of its commitment to empowering women

Dubai telco du launches Women's Council to cut gender gap
The company said the council launch puts it in a healthier position to empower its female employees.

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), better known as du, has launched the UAE telco sector’s first Women’s Council.

The company said the launch is part of its commitment to empowering women and emphasising the pivotal role women have in both society and different sectors across the country.

The company said the council launch puts it in a healthier position to empower its female employees, which make up 29 percent of its workforce. In addition to this, recent figures reveal that 40 percent of new recruits are female – a positive sign for EITC’s diversity growth trajectory.

Hanan Ahmed, EITC Women’s Council chairwoman, said: “The Women’s Council is representative of the growing need for diversity within our day-to-day operations and reinstates EITC as a future-facing organisation committed to bringing the UAE’s women empowerment and leadership agenda to life.

"Together we will form a consortium of like-minded advocates who are passionate about women’s empowerment and aligning the company’s visions to effectively promote inclusivity within the workplace, within the industry, and within the communities of our beloved country.”

The council added that it will seek to support women in the workplace; generate happy and balanced employees with initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion; build a culture of collaboration; foster the next generation of female leadership across EITC; create high performing and engaged female employees; and set the trend and inspire by building a women’s support network.

The EITC Women’s Council is chaired by Hanan Ahmed and also includes Dr Alia Al Serkal, vice chairwoman, Noora AlMansoori, official spokeswoman, advisor Dr Mansoor Habib, and members Aisha Rawert, Dr Raffaella Bianchi, Mona Gulaid, Maryam Thani and Jennifer Gonzalez.

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