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Women need to break their own glass ceiling, say top UAE executives

Hoda Abou Jamra, founding partner of TVM Capital Healthcare says all women of guilty of limiting themselves

Women need to break their own glass ceiling, say top UAE executives
Hoda Abou Jamra, founding partner of TVM Capital Healthcare.

Women in the workforce should overcome their own limitations, according to top UAE executives.

"As women, we need to break our own gas ceiling. We are all guilty in [limiting ourselves]. We need more role models, we need to be role models, and we need to be conscious of how we set up the glass ceiling,” said Hoda Abou Jamra, founding partner of TVM Capital Healthcare Partners at the Arabian Business Forum 2016.

Abou Jamra said women need more men to help lead the way. She said young men must be educated to become more supportive of working women.

“Young boys also need to be educated to be different men,” she said.

Also speaking at the forum was Lubna Qassim, Executive Vice President, Group Company Secretary and General Counsel of Emirates NBD. Qassim said men were often unsure about appointing female executives.

"Why do men still feel extremely nervous about appointing female executives?” she said. “There are numerous studies that demonstrate how important it is to have women in senior positions.”

In the UAE, women make up 59 per cent of the workforce and 66 percent of the government sector. It has the largest number of businesswomen in the GCC.

The Arabian Business Forum is an annual event. This year's edition focused on gender diversity and was held in partnership with the GCC Chapter of the 30% Club.

Brenda Kaye Henderson 3 years ago

I agree with Madame Hoda Abou Jamra. Women need to break every barrier to advancement in their specific area of vocation. Limitations are just an opportunity to exceed others expectations and strive for a better education to meet your own personal destination. I am in 100% agreement with the statement Jamra said “women need more men to help lead the way. She said young men must be educated to become more supportive of working women.
“Young boys also need to be educated to be different men,” she said. This statement support unity and respect for women outside the home working with men that need to guide them along professionally as they endeavor to achieve their goals and perform their tasks to the best of their abilities. The authority and leadership of good, sound, and grounded young men in the workforce is needed and very appreciated by women who know their value. The "Kingdom" divided against each other will fall but a “United Kingdom" will stand! God bless you Madame Hoda.