Women make up 35% of tech entrepreneurial sector

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AMMAN — Women constitute 35 percent of total workers in the technical entrepreneurial sector in the Kingdom, according to unofficial figures.

The figure appeared in a report on Sunday, at the conclusion of a regional symposium on women business owners, organized by the National Committee for Women’s Affairs in cooperation with the Arab Women Organization for Training and Research, Al-Ghad News reported. اضافة اعلان

The report said that encouraging women to engage in IT, which has for long been considered a male-dominated sector, will lead to their economic empowerment as it will provide them with a source of income that helps raise the family income.

Women play an active role in the IT sector, where they hold about a third of the jobs, and this makes their share of leadership jobs good when compared to other economic activities in the Kingdom, according to the report.

The report showed that women working in the clothing industry make up 73 percent of the labor force, but suffer from weak access to financial services compared to men.

It added that the largest number of individual enterprises owned by businesswomen is in the food sector.

The report recommended providing incentives and technical support for companies and institutions that employ certain percentages of women, especially in promising sectors and non-traditional work fields. It called for reducing the burden of unpaid work done by women, and providing employment opportunities in the formal economy, to ensure legal protection for women workers.

The report also called for lending support to women entrepreneurs and business owners, especially in micro, small and medium businesses.

It suggested providing innovative funds and sources of financing that respond to the needs of women, including enabling women to access development and commercial banks, financial support funds, investors, business associations in the private sector, and donors.

Secretary-General of the National Committee for Women’s Affairs Salma Al-Nims said that participation of women in the labor force stands at 14 percent, and the unemployment rate among women at the end of last year was 30.7 percent, compared to 21.4 percent among men, while the percentage of women university graduates reached 53 percent.

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