Business Leadership

Women's Empowerment: Arab Style

by Masum Momaya, Curator

Could Arab businesswomen shatter Western stereotypes of what it means to be empowered? For many, the notion of "Arab women" conjures up images of women cloaked in long, covering garments, restricted in their movements and constrained in their freedoms. But at a time when economic opportunities across the world are shrinking for both men and women, women's upward mobility in the Gulf region is remarkable. The rising influence of Arab women in business and finance may lead us to rethink our assumptions about what it means to have and exercise power, freedom and independence. Read more


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