The Women’s Mentor Forum Article #2

December 6, 20160 Comments

It is a wonderful union of women helping each other achieve their dreams. It is a place where women can gather and share amongst each other their struggles and path to leadership.

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This year was the second WMF and it was held at Al Shaheed Park. It was a success! Women from all over Kuwait gathered together and spoke of their life journey to achieve their best life and career. The mission of the WMF is to create a platform for mentoring young career women and entrepreneurs on how to succeed in Kuwait’s private sector.

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WMF founder and creator Besma Al Qassar has created a platform where women come together and unify in their struggles and success. It is a place to learn and grow on your journey. The Women Mentor Forum is a Kuwait-based non-profit organization that seeks to support and nurture the growth of women in the private sector, both entrepreneurs and professionals. The organization pursues its aim by creating mentorship and networking opportunities for women in the private sector, while at the same time providing a platform for data collection and dissemination.

The Women Mentor Forum was created in an effort to solve this issue. The event offers “support and guidance for women to be able to progress in their careers and help in building society, as well as diversifying income sources”, according to founder Al-Qassar.

According to GCC Women in Leadership report conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2015, 43 percent of women in Kuwait participate in the country’s labor force, compared to 83 percent of men.This puts Kuwait at one of the lowest female unemployment rates in the GCC, according to the report.

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The WMF Program allows for the exchange of career knowledge and entrepreneurship knowledge between successful women and aspiring young women. The program is of two parts.

The first part of the Program is the WMF Forum, through which a series of forums are run under different themes. Through the Forums, successful women entrepreneurs and women executives are invited to participate as speakers to share their experiences and give their advice to aspiring young women and men. Forums on entrepreneurship themes are run every May and Forums on career themes are run every November.

By: Natasha E. Feghali

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