Diversity in business leadership and organisational settings is a commonly praised endeavour, one that many businesses have publicly acknowledged, praised, and implemented to varying degrees. However, when analysing the direct opinions and experiences of women in the workforce, it is found that there is still a long way to go for businesses to support women employees, their careers, and their ambitions. Additionally, it is also revealed that there are many policies and procedures that can be implemented by businesses to facilitate women’s career successes – but these are missing or not employed correctly.

Based on the findings of research undertaken in 2018 by the Pearl Initiative and NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, this workshop serves to discuss the ways in which businesses can and should support women employees for holistic business success. It will examine the factors that hinder and facilitate women’s career success, as reported in our 2019 survey by regional residents, and will build strategic solutions to create a supportive environment for women in the regional workforce.

Topics discussed will include:

  • The factors that impact women’s workforce participation,
  • The obstacles to women’s economic engagement, and 
  • Concrete solutions that would support women at all career stages at individual and company levels.