LinkedIn, Facebook, Dell and Ericsson encourage women in tech
The first ever MENA "Connecting Women in Technology" event comes to Dubai to support women in technology
LinkedIn, Dell, Facebook and Ericsson held the first ever MENA "Connecting Women in Technology" (CWIT) in Dubai, where the launch encourages women to enter the technology industry.
The first series of sessions were held under the theme of 'Diversity in Tech' which strive to connect and inspire women in different industries across the Middle East who also attended the event.
Speaking as part of a panel on "Gender Diversity: Two Corporate Narratives", Dave Brooke, executive director, client solution emerging markets EMEA at Dell, commented: "At Dell we are always looking for ways to level the playing field. You might be wondering why I am here with you today instead of one of our many female colleagues, the reason is that we strongly believe that men need to be part of the solution when it comes to lifting the barriers to opportunities that women face.
"Dell has implemented a program called ‘Men Advocating Real Change' (MARC), an initiative designed to engage men in creating a more inclusive work environment. Today MARC is a key component of Dell's diversity and inclusion strategy, and Dell has policies in place which support work at home options, flexi-time, talent and skillset development all of which are enablers for women to achieve their career goals."
Amira Rashad, regional head of brand advertising at Facebook Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan added: "At Facebook, driving diversity is integral to our mission of creating a more open and connected world. Our Chief Operating Officer literally wrote the book about the importance of women leaning in, coming together, and transforming economies. The CWIT event is one of the many steps we take to fulfil that goal."
The MENA chapter aims to drive initiatives that encourage and support a culture of innovation so that more women enter the technology industry. The invite-only event was attended by 80 technology executives who took part in networking, workshops and panel discussions.
The discussions also included Gabriele Metz, head of talent management at Ericsson in Region Middle East, who added: "Diversity and inclusion is a cornerstone of the Swedish society and therefore a part of Ericsson's DNA. It's an absolute business imperative for us as it does not only drive engagement, but also customer orientation and innovation, just to name a few."
The CWIT initiative originally began in Dublin, Ireland but now will feature in the UAE to help top female talent connect and grow in the region.