Sheikha Hessa praises ‘self-made’ Kuwaiti women

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - Cru­cial step

Chair­per­son of Kuwait Busi­ness­women Com­mit­tee Sheikha Hessa Saad AlAb­dul­lah Al-Salem Al-Sabah said Tues­day the Kuwaiti women have al­ways been self-made and shoul­der their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at present as they used to do in the past.

“In the past Kuwaiti mothers used to be in­de­pen­dent in tak­ing care of their chil­dren when the fa­ther goes fish­ing or pearling or dies. So, it is no won­der nowa­days that they as­sert them­selves eco­nom­i­cally and as­sume high posts in the pub­lic or po­lit­i­cal life on equal foot­ing with men,” Sheikha Hessa, also Chair­per­son of Coun­cil of Arab Busi­ness­women, pointed out. She made the re­marks in an in­ter­view the side­lines of the Arab busi­ness­women fo­rum be­ing held here on De­cem­ber 12-16.

Sheikha Hessa noted that she en­gaged in business and pub­lic life af­fairs since was young thanks to the en­cour­age­ment and sup­port she re­ceived from her fa­ther. “His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah con­tin­ues back­ing up the woman em­pow­er­ment ini­tia­tives. The Kuwaiti po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship spare no effort in sup­port­ing the busi­ness­women fi­nan­cially or through train­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion programs.

“There are nu­mer­ous suc­cess­ful women who took up high man­age­rial posts in state in­sti­tu­tions and pub­lic life as well as diplo­macy and pol­i­tics as is the case in the par­lia­ment,” she went on. Sheikha Hessa’s pres­ence at the eco­nomic fo­rum was warmly wel­comed by par­tic­i­pants in the gath­er­ing.

Mean­while, a group of Kuwaiti craftswomen said that women’s em­pow­er­ment rep­re­sents a cru­cial step to­wards eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment. Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of a Kuwaiti union of craftswomen Amina Is­mail pressed Arab gov­ern­ments to sup­port women to help “as­sim­i­late them into eco­nomic and so­cial worlds.” In a state­ment on the side­lines of the eco­nomic fo­rum, Is­mail noted that ef­forts to es­tab­lish women em­pow­er­ment could help ex­pe­dite broad devel­op­ment in the Arab world.

Mean­while, Jamila Al-Dwas, a mem­ber of this union, said that “women em­pow­er­ment has be­come oblig­a­tory”, adding that “Kuwait has made sub­stan­tial progress on this is­sue.” More­over, an­other union mem­ber, Aseel Al-Mazyed un­der­scored the “sig­nif­i­cant” phases that Kuwaiti women have com­pleted, which proves that they are ca­pa­ble of stand­ing along­side men to help build the nation’s econ­omy.

Kuwait’s del­e­ga­tion to the eco­nomic fo­rum or­ga­nized by the Union of Moroccan Busi­ness­women com­prises 20 women, headed by Sheikha Hessa Saad Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. The fo­rum al­lows Arab busi­ness­women the chance to step up co­op­er­a­tion in business and eco­nomic realms. — KUNA

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