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.
By Lubna Hamdan
Tue 24 May 2016 11:17 AM

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.

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