Initiatives taken to narrow gender gap in labor market

Female recruitment increased to more than 20% in Saudi Aramco

October 29, 2018

Dr. Tamader Al-Rammah
Dr. Tamader Al-Rammah

Saudi Gazette report

— The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) is keen on empowering women and helping them participate in the labor market, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development for social development Dr. Tamader Al-Rammah said on Monday.

She was speaking at the Gulf Region Organization for Women (GROW) forum under the banner of “Shaping the Future of Female Opportunities” organized by Saudi Aramco in Dhahran.

GROW is a strategic platform seeking to promote policies supporting professional development for women in the Gulf.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development is working in coordination with other government authorities to revise bylaws and regulations to provide a suitable work environment for women, Al-Rammah said.

She said the ministry is focusing on empowering Saudi women through the social services system, encouraging volunteerism, supporting growth of the nonprofit sector and empowering nonprofit organizations.

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser opened the forum with a keynote address reaffirming Saudi Aramco’s unwavering support of female professional development and celebrating the company’s robust policies in this area.

Underscoring the Kingdom’s already successful efforts to improve gender diversity and Saudi Aramco’s considerable work in this field, Nasser said: “We have been investing in a wide range of programs for many years to enable women to compete, overcome challenges, and achieve their career aspirations. At Saudi Aramco, we have increased female recruitment to more than 20% of all new hires and doubled the number of women working in our organization over the past 10 years. Meanwhile, in April, we appointed our first female Board member.”

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