Statistics don’t lie
To coincide with International Women’s Day, Canon partnered with YouGov to conduct a survey exploring the attitudes to women empowerment in the workplace. Speaking with over 1,000 respondents in the region, the survey revealed very optimistic data about women in business and how organizations are supporting their futures.
An overwhelming 83% of respondents say they have noticed an improvement in diversity and gender balance at work in the past five to 10 years, and nearly two in three (64%) believe females in the region are well represented in the boardroom. Additionally, a number of benefits have been introduced to level the playing field and create greater work-life balance for women, including flexible work arrangements, training programs and fair parental leave.
For Dr. Aisha Al-Mana, Founder and General Supervisor of Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Sciences, she’s seen a dramatic shift in the way the region views women for leadership positions – especially in contrast to when she started her career: “I faced many challenges and hurdles with every step I took, and these obstacles were for the mere fact of being a woman.
“However, there has been a definite change in the past 10 years, especially with the proposed 2030 vision for the country in the workplace, with many women being appointed to leadership positions.”
Arguably the most important finding from the Canon–YouGov survey is that 77% of respondents believe their organization is already doing enough to support women at work.
“The survey findings are extremely encouraging as we can see there is an overall positive sentiment to women empowerment in the workplace in the Middle East, with most having seen an improvement in terms of policies and gender balance in the last five to 10 years,” says Mai Youssef, Corporate Communications and Marketing Services Director, Canon Middle East.
“At Canon, we have a strong commitment to women and the community, something that is ingrained in our organization as part of our corporate culture of kyosei. Creating opportunities for women to rise in their respective roles in the organization will remain part of our focus as we continue in our growth trajectory across the region.”