Internet is for women too

Google exec says web is a good place for women in restricted cultures to begin businesses

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Internet is for women too Google Gulf regional manager, Mohamad Murad says that the internet is a good place for women, particularly those in restricted societies, to start a business or gain access to education.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 25, 2011

The internet is a good way for women in the Middle East, particularly those in more restrictive cultures, to further their education and develop their own businesses, according to Mohamad Murad, Gulf regional director, Google.

"I think in this part of the world, there are even bigger opportunities for women in technology than in other parts of the world, especially in countries where we are still in the process of opening up certain industries, for example in Saudi Arabia, where not all industries are open for women to work and it is still a bit restricted," said Murad.

The restrictions put on women by places such as Saudi Arabia do not exist in the field of technology, because the internet can be accessed remotely.

"The internet provides you with a platform, with a virtual situation where you don't even have to be in an office, you don't even have to interact with any one," said Murad.

The internet can also provide education to women and people in remote areas who do not have access to good universities.

"In large countries women cannot go to the best universities because they have to travel and live alone, but with the internet you don't need all this, you can sit anywhere as long as you have an internet connection," said Murad.

Murad urged women in the Middle East region to begin their own online businesses and websites and help the content carried in the region to become richer and more diverse. He added that the time to develop such businesses is now.

"You can be sitting at home developing the best software or the nicest recipe book, it could be anything, and again, don't wait until it is the perfect thing, start it small.

If you had seen how Google worked in 1998, you would have laughed, so just start it now," said Murad.

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Vinod Mehra

I believe the internet is for all and it does not differentiate between age and gender. Every gender and age can benefit from the medium to educate, inform, connect and entertain. and the best part of the medium is you could achieve the above in the comfort of your privacy or in the humdrum of airport when waiting for the flights to board.

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