Zain Group introduces women empowerment network initiative

Tuesday 7 November 2017 | 15:27 CET | News

Zain Group has announced the launch of an all-female empowerment initiative, aimed at achieving gender equality and empowering women in the organization. The impressive initiative has been driven by the Vice-Chairman and CEO of Zain Group, Bader Al-Kharafi, who pointed to the fact that today women account for less than 25 percent of Zain’s workforce; a situation that led him to conclude that decisive action needed to be taken in this area.   

While the programme has already been running internally at Zain for a few months, it was given its launch at an event on 06 November in Kuwait, where approximately 300 of Zain Group’s female employees from across its footprint gathered at a networking occasion. Also in attendance were the CEOs of each Zain operation and their respective HR heads. This meeting is set to become an annual event, geared towards producing an annual, actionable implementation plan for the subsequent year. Leadership advisor Connie Dieken led the kickoff programme. 

The founder of Influence 360º, Dieken was recently named one of the world’s Top 10 Executive Coaches and has been honored as one of the Top 10 Female Business Owners in her region in the United States. A former newswoman on two American television networks, Dieken is a five-time Emmy journalist and the only woman to have been inducted into both the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Speakers Hall of Fame.  

Dieken advises leaders at many of the world’s best-known organizations on their influence strategies including Apple, HP, Nestle, and The Cleveland Clinic. Following the hosting of the inaugural Women Empowerment Network event, a heavy baseline of existing data is being undertaken, including a review on all Zain Group-related policies and female-related initiatives; statistics of females in leadership positions, women serving in truly operational leadership roles and identifying common trends and hurdles across the Group. 

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