Qatar has always been a forward-thinking nation and gives enough opportunity for women to flourish. It doesn’t think women as less valuable than men.
It’s not just the general opinion, but an actual fact according to a study conducted by A.T. Kearney entitled “Power Women in Arabia: Shaping the Path for Regional Gender Equality”.
In the study, the global management consulting firm shows the significant progress of female participation in the workforce in Qatar.
Here’s why Qatar is the friendliest for women in the region:
The study found out that Qatar is the best-positioned Arab nation when it comes to female labor participation. It has a total of 51 percent of employed women over the age of 15 that are economically active—compared to Saudi Arabia and Oman, which have a total of 30 percent.
The rate is much higher than other states thanks to the initiatives of providing support and opportunities to women. The government provides a 50-day paid maternity leave to women employed for a full year and offers plenty of jobs, particularly in more senior positions.
The country also encouraged women to take up leadership positions in the workplace with suitable initiatives.
Within the GCC region, the Gulf state has 7 percent of women in senior positions. This significant ratio of women in leadership is primarily initiated by the increasing interest of women to attain high academic qualification, though there are obviously further leaps to be made.
It was revealed by the study that Qatar has the best rate when it comes to women business ownership across GCC. 11 percent of women in the country own businesses compared to UAE and Kuwait’s 2 percent and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s 8 percent.
The number is likely to increase as most of the women are looking to start their own company. Thirty percent of the female population said they have startup intentions, which is not far from the male population with 40 percent.