Women in the Arab world have to face a lot of challenges, including societal pressure on women to stay at home, a digital gender gap and structural disadvantages in fund-raising and investments. But nevertheless, female entrepreneurs are successively finding new and creative ways to overcome barriers to entering the workforce and starting their own business.
This gets especially obvious in the Arab start-up scene: one in three start-ups is founded or led by women. That’s a higher percentage than in Silicon Valley!
The tech industry is still relatively new in the Arab world. Thus, there is no legacy of it being a male-dominated field. Many entrepreneurs from the region believe that technology is one of the few spaces where everything is viewed as possible, including breaking gender norms, making it a very attractive industry for women.
Please read the interesting article “How women are transforming the Arab world’s start-up scene” on www.weforum.org.