Over 120 businesswomen from various regions of the Kingdom were in attendance. Participating women represented the economic, public and private sectors.
The opening ceremony commenced by a welcoming note by Senator Wijdan Al Saket, Chairperson of the JFBPW, who addressed to Her Majesty, stating that she is a symbol and an aspiration to Arab women around the world. Al Saket continued to discuss the current rights for women in the constitution by stating, “The Jordanian constitution, led by the Royal Hashemite family, has provided women and men with equal rights. And through the Hashemite guidance and the rights bestowed on women in the Kingdom, their knowledge must be utilized in their area of expertise so that they can play a dynamic role in the Kingdom’s development; whether in court jurisdiction, government, municipality or in parliament”.
Senator Al Sakat also compared the current constitutional rights for women to the current social perceptions of women:
“We are surprised that in this day and age we still witness strong discrimination against women by men, especially when their forefathers endorsed women’s rights. Furthermore, even with the increase of education, development of technology, accessibility to know and globalization, there is still a gap between women’s rights and men’s support.” She added that ,“bridging the gap can be achieved with strong political support, and that is why we would like to again thank Her Majesty for her support in her capacity as the honorary chairperson of the JFBPW and for supporting the conferences.”
The JFBPW’s aim and objective was to address practical issues businesswomen face in their role and contribution to Jordan’s developing economy. Although Jordanian women have achieved many accomplishments in contributing to the Kingdom, there are still many obstacles that they face in terms of the lack of support in education, women organizations as well as access to information. The Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women believes these obstacles can become bridges so women may reach their full potential and be accredited to their role both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, these bridges could provide women with a secure future.
Al Sakat ended her statement by saying, “We, at the JFBPW and the Businesswomen Organization, believe that His Majesty and Her Majesty are an inspiration to us, as we work together to enrich Jordan by achieving the Royal vision for the Kingdom”.
A short presentation illustrating the work of the Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women, as well as the status of Jordanian women in economic development was presented by Dr. Rana Al Akhal, CEO of JFBPW. Dr. Akhal stated: “We will continue achieving our objective through various activities and entrepreneurial education programs that are designed to achieve our mission. We will start by supporting initial steps for women’s projects and then evolve to providing specialized training and other services such as, IT, legal guidance and lobbying for business and professional women’s issues”.
Discussions at the conference will cover the following areas: businesswomen and trade, investing in IT and its use in business for women, businesswomen in economic decision- making positions, as well as regulations and laws affecting businesswomen in Jordan. The subjects discussed will be the foundation towards launching various initiatives that will empower women to have decision-making positions and increasing their involvement in Jordan’s economy. The participants will analyze, negotiate and create action plans for each theme, which will be highlighted by sector-specific and business -location related needs.
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