Kuwait City, 6 June 2022 ( TDI): The Gulf Bank has announced the establishment of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Platform Kuwait (KWEEP) to support the growth and advancement of women in the workplace.

The platform was announced by the founding members during a press conference held at the United Nations House in Kuwait, with the attendance of Dr. Khaled Mahdi.

Dr. Khaled Mahdi is Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development. Ayse Hilal Sayan Koytak, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Kuwait also participated.

The platform aims to promote the adoption of real and sustainable policies on various topics related to women’s empowerment in the private sector, especially on topics of recruitment, retention, and leadership in Kuwait’s private sector.

The main concern is to help facilitate collaborative, gender-focused initiatives in the private sector that target female career development and visibility among member companies.

Signatories will work together to discuss, define, and accomplish particular Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and gender-focused targets.

Moreover, they will commit to quantifiable goals that would economically empower women in Kuwait’s private sector. According to the meeting, KWEEP operates under four main pillars.

  • Collaborate to create change in companies and the community
  • Share best practices that empower women in the private sector
  • Support career development programs for women in the private sector
  • And commit to doable, measurable actions toward women’s economic development

In the future, according to the Memorandum of Understanding, KWEEP will operate under the leadership of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning & Development (GSSCPD) & the Women’s Research & Studies Center (WRSC) at Kuwait University.

Supported by UN Women and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the platform is also formally recognized as being in line with New Kuwait Vision 2035 and the country’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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