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Women and ICT: Challenges Facing UAE Women. Dr. Zeinab Karake Shalhoub Associate Dean American University of Sharjah P.O. Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE [email protected] In a Nutshell (December 2002). Population: 3.7 millions Internet Users: 1,175,000 Internet Penetration: 35 %

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Women and ict challenges facing uae women

Women and ICT: Challenges Facing UAE Women

Dr. Zeinab Karake Shalhoub

Associate Dean

American University of Sharjah

P.O. Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE

[email protected]


In a nutshell december 2002

In a Nutshell (December 2002)

  • Population: 3.7 millions

  • Internet Users: 1,175,000

  • Internet Penetration: 35 %

  • Adult Literacy: 95 %

  • Personnel Computers: 500,000

  • Internet Subscribers: 286,000

  • ICT Expenditures: $1.245 billion

  • ICT related university graduates/year: 1791


Women in the uae

Women in the UAE

  • The right of UAE women to take part in the development of all areas of their society is laid out in the UAE Constitution, adopted when the federation was founded in 1971. It states that social justice should apply to all and that, before the law, women are equal to men. They enjoy the same legal status, claim to titles and access to education. They have the right to practice the profession of their choice.


Gender policy framework

Gender Policy Framework

  • The Gvt. Of the UAE has been supportive of policies and laws that are positive to women, however women and their rights and roles are still positioned within the context of the family “as the basis society” as stipulated in the UAE Constitution.


Women in education

Women in Education

  • 70 % at HCT are women

  • 60 % at UAE University are women

  • 50 % at AUS are women

  • Only 12 % are in Technology related fields

  • Majority of Women employed in the public sector

  • 6.7 % of registered DCCI (2002) were women


Icts and women pros and cons

ICTs and Women: Pros and Cons

  • Small recipient group

  • Skewed distribution of rights, education, health, and economic opportunity

  • Education, knowledge, overcome cultural barriers

  • Facilitate income generation

  • Enhanced women advocacy and support groups


Challenges

Challenges

1. Glass Ceiling:

This is the number one challenge. There is still a glass ceiling for women in the ICT sector (both lateral and upward).


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Challenges (cont.)

2. The “Old Boys Club”:

“Old Boys Club’ mentality still exists. Breaking into this club has been a formidable challenge for UAE women.


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Challenges (cont.)

3. Lack of Balance:

Modern women challenge is to juggle career and family. Staying away from the demanding ICT sector help women reach a life balance faster and easier.


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Challenges (cont.)

4. Scarcity of Mentors:

This is one of the biggest barriers for women to break into the ICT sector. Women mentors are in short supply in the UAE, and the Arab World in particular


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Challenges (cont.)

5. Self Doubt:

UAE women face a problem of self doubt and timidity.


Public sector initiatives

Public Sector Initiatives

  • UAE Women’s Federation

  • The Intelaq Project

  • Zayed University Athena Mentoring Project

  • Sharjah Mentoring Project for Women


Private sector initiatives

Private Sector Initiatives

  • Shell

  • HP

  • Cisco Networking Academy


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