Destination KSA Celebrates International Day with women making moves embracing equity
International Women’s Day International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th to honor women’s social, economic, and cultural achievements. It is also a day to raise awareness about gender inequality and advocate for women.
This Women’s Day, we spoke to some women doing remarkably well in their respective fields. They shared their experiences and challenges as women in their professions, inspiring us to continue striving for gender equality and empowering women in all aspects of life.
“Being a Saudi female journalist is an honorable position with great responsibilities, because we are truth tellers. There is an immense sense of pride in being able to give voice to so many people through writing while also paving the way for future generations of women to carry the legacy of journalism. No matter where you are in life, or what position you have, through hard work, perseverance, dedication, and support from other women, truly anything is achievable,”– Lama Alhamawi, Journalist
“In a world where you can’t run away from comparing ourselves to each other, whether it be on social media or even just looking back at ourselves before and after responsibilities, I would say accept the process, have faith in god and don’t compare.” – Nasiba Hafiz, Fashion Designer
“Empowering women in the industrial sector of Saudi Arabia is not just a matter of equality; it’s a matter of economic growth and development. By providing equal opportunities for women in the workforce, we can tap into the immense potential of half of our population and drive innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. Women are not just passive beneficiaries of empowerment; they are active agents of change and progress. When women are empowered in any sector, they can bring their unique perspectives, skills, and talents to the table and help shape the future of our country. That’s why investing in education, training, and leadership development ensures success and collective success.” – Deema Abdullah Al-Bashrawi, Head of Environment, Health, and Safety Compliance, Tanmiah Food Company
“Women have long played a role in the Kingdom’s development, enriching and adding value to every aspect of society, both social and economic. Intrinsic to women’s success is their unparalleled ability to create networks and form relationships. The key to success is focusing on developing self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Women must fully recognize not only their personal value and potential but the value they add to others around them.”– Najlaa Yousef Safdar, Digital Development Manager at Nafisa Shams
“I also strongly encourage young women, especially students, to identify their own mentors around them, people who will then be able to help direct them towards the right path to achieve these dreams.”– Rasha Ghanem, Communications Director at Ford Middle East
“Being an athlete, a leader, a daughter, a mother, and a woman is no easy task, but with determination, maybe even some stubbornness, and a sense of humor, anything is achievable. Be smart about your actions, be smarter about your reactions.” – Arwa Al Muttabagani, Sports person and Founder of Trio Ranch
In the coming years, with the country’s support, women will not only break the glass ceiling but surpass it by miles. This progress will benefit women and contribute to the overall growth and development of the country’s economy and society as a whole. It is important to continue investing in women’s education, healthcare, and empowerment to ensure this progress continues.