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 %
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).
2. The “Old Boys Club”:
“Old Boys Club’ mentality still exists. Breaking into this club has been a formidable challenge for UAE women.
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.
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
5. Self Doubt:
UAE women face a problem of self doubt and timidity.