STEM in the Middle East is hugely exciting. Vibrant, emerging industries powered by innovation that is transforming business and society. But to truly fulfil its disruptive potential on a global stage, diversity of thought, decision-making and people is a crucial ingredient.
Less than 10% of the Middle East’s tech workforce is female. While women in the region are more engaged in STEM subjects at an academic level than their counterparts in Western universities, this is failing to translate into industry where female representation is among the worst in the world. Research has consistently demonstrated the link between gender parity and better financial performance. With the Middle East’s economy predicted to grow by a huge 47% should its gender gap be closed (McKinsey), it’s clear that diversity is more than just the right thing to do for workplace culture and inclusivity – it’s a business and economic imperative.
YOU CAN’T BE WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE
Visibility of role models is vital in inspiring more women to pursue a career in STEM and in encouraging companies to promote more diversity and inclusivity in their staff hiring, retention and development. That’s where the Women in Tech Awards come in – a high-profile, empowering platform for uncovering and showcasing the achievements and innovation of women from across the Middle East’s technology ecosystem.
N.B. The Women in Tech Awards Middle East is a standalone event for the Middle East region, organised by social impact business Disruptive Media Group Ltd, and is not affiliated with any other programmes recognising women in technology.