New laws eyed to empower women for leadership roles

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 25: The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Dr. Khaled Mahdi said, “We are working on enacting various legislations and laws, and implementing some international agreements in the interest of the political leadership on the role and importance of empowering women in society, reports Al- Jarida daily. Speaking at a symposium which was held under the title ‘Principles of Empowering Women in the Private Sector’ organized by the Secretariat-General of the council Mahdi indicated the launch of the women’s empowerment platform under the slogan ‘Kuwaiti leaders for change’, explained this platform enables decision makers to select qualified Kuwaiti women for leadership positions.

Mahdi called on Kuwaiti women with competence and practical experience in either the public or private sectors to follow this platform to update the full job history in their account so that the work team can view it to activate the role of this initiative. He praised the role of the private sector in Kuwait and its interest in employing women, providing them with training and opportunities to hold executive positions, as this is one of the important ways to reach the goals of sustainable development.

In turn, the acting resident representative of the United Nations Development Program, Khaled Shahwan, explained that Kuwait has taken several important steps towards implementing the comprehensive national plan, indicating that coordination has been made with the Planning Secretariat on substantive technical consultations to cooperate with the United Nations to promote the principles of women’s empowerment directed towards the private sector, and includes one of the companies whose mission is to help accelerate the implementation of the “New Kuwait 2035” vision by increasing the representation of women in leadership positions. He indicated that 44 companies and their executives have so far signed the Women Empowerment Principles, a national initiative with a global vision.

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