Microsoft awarded for CSR in Arab world
Union of Arab ICT Associations gives Microsoft award for its citizenship programs
The Union of Arab ICT Associations (IJMA3), has awarded Microsoft with an award recognising its commitment to improving educational opportunities in the Arab world.
Microsoft Gulf was presented with the award for ‘Best Arab Corporate Social Responsibility Award' at IJMA3's annual Arab GoldenChip Awards, which focus on organisations which help the development of ICT in the Arab world.
IJMA3 said that Microsoft won the awards for its overall Citizenship program, and also specifically for programs for women, including Women In Technology (WIT). WIT is a partnership between Microsoft, IIE, MEPI, and fifty local organisations in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The program aims to provide technology and business skills to women from low-to-middle income families across the MENA region, and will have reached 10,000 women by this year.
Nizar Zakka, secretary general of the Union of Arab ICT Associations- IJMA3 said: "Technology is the ignition key for job growth, economic development and creating sustainable solutions to global problems. We commend Microsoft for its valuable contribution in empowering women across the region and creating greater opportunities for them to be part of the workforce. IJMA3 remains committed to supporting endeavours such as this that aim to develop and enhance the commercial skills of women to help grow the future economy and create greater opportunities for them to be part of the workforce."
Charbel Fakhoury, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf commented: "We are honoured to receive this prestigious award and will continue our efforts towards the development of female professionals in the Arab world. Microsoft believes that providing the required ICT training and tools will help bridge the technological and gender gap and help women realize their full potential. Through the WIT program, women can get jobs, increase their earning power and advance their education so they can help contribute to national competitiveness."