Businesswomen in Saudi Arabia
Characteristics, Challenges, and Aspirations in a Regional Context- By Noura Alturki Rebekah Braswell (July 2010)
This report begins to document the inspiring and multifaceted journey of female entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia. This focus comes at a time when we are witnessing a rapid and increased investment in our country’s human resources and economic development. Fundamental to this investment has been the inclusion of regulations that encourage greater involvement of women in our workforce. The impact of this support can be seen through the growth, productivity and innovation of Saudi Arabia’s female-owned businesses.
Established at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in November 2004, Al-Sayedah Khadijah Bint Khuwailid Businesswomen Center (AKBK) works in collaboration with the private sector and government officials to lobby for the removal of obstacles facing women, in order to empower them both economically and socially to become active participants in national development. It seeks to reform current legislations and policies to become supportive of women’s advancement.
In addition, the Center is keen on raising awareness and providing networking and educational opportunities for female entrepreneurs, working women, job seekers, and potential entrepreneurs. The Center was named after Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) first wife Al-Sayedah Khadijah Bint Khawilid, a successful businesswoman who remains a role model for Muslim women today. Known for her business skills, wisdom, and her values and ethics, she was also able to balance between her family and career. With such a prominent figure as an inspiration, the Center aims to follow in Al-Sayedah Khadijah’s footsteps to become a national and international resource for women’s advancement in Saudi Arabia.
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