Sheikha Hessa praises ‘self-made’ Kuwaiti women
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