Workplace equality becomes a higher priority for organizations around the world with every passing year. Those in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are no exception. According to the ‘Working Women in the Middle East and North Africa’ survey by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one job site, and global online market research company, YouGov, nearly three in four working women (about 74 percent) in Kuwait, who provided an answer, believe that job offers are based entirely on experience and qualifications, regardless of gender. This figure surpasses the regional average and places Kuwait among the top countries when it comes to the ease of finding a job for women.
The top three challenges cited by MENA women in their workplace are as follows:
- Less opportunity for job promotions (with 44 percent)
- A stressful and demanding work environment (with 37 percent)
- Lack of or insufficient job training and coaching (with 30 percent).
Moreover, women in the MENA cite the following reasons for seeking employment:
- Financial independence (with 59 percent),
- The ability to support/financially contribute to their households (with 50 percent)
- The opportunity to broaden their perspectives on life (with 46 percent)
- Making use of their education (with 42 percent)
- Securing their family and children’s futures (with 40 percent)
At the same time, women around the world understand the importance of finding the balance between their responsibilities at home and at work. In the MENA, more than half (54 percent) of respondents with children stated that their decision to have children has affected their career, at least to some extent, while 41 percent said it didn’t affect it at all.
Furthermore, data for the ‘Working Women in the Middle East and North Africa’ survey was collected online with 4,053 female respondents living in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and the UAE.