What needs to change urgently and how?
Abeer: "The ability to work online, to offer remote jobs, provides a flexible environment for the worker and even across time zones for the businesses they support especially for women. People in the MENA region, women and young people, are disconnected and isolated. By offering these remote opportunities, they are able to connect, to get to know people from other cultures, to understand how the world works. Understanding each other is a powerful thing. This online employment model brings the world to women and helps close the gender gap in both education and employment. Women may have many restrictions in their environment, but they can still reach out to the world.
More businesses should be encouraged to be engaged in impact hiring which focus on supporting innovative projects in developed countries while providing talented and highly educated technical staff with opportunity in a region with notoriously high unemployment.
Women in the West and East should collaborate and support each other to make changes in their communities. Also, women need to start believing in themselves in the Middle East in particular and in any disadvantaged areas. If women start believing in themselves and their ability, qualifications, skills, and intelligence then this will be the starting point for them to prove to anyone that she CAN and she is able to make difference and can be a leader and even more. I believe that everyone with the drive, dedication, and skill has the opportunity to thrive. When everyone has the chance to reach their full potential, business is a better place, making a more profound impact."