Why recognizing the efforts of hardworking women matters

Women employment

This pic was taken during last week’s Human Capital Forum, as part of a session I ran. When I posted this shot of me speaking on the challenges women face when they go out seeking employment or just a chance to thrive and grow in whatever they pursue; someone asked me if I was just riding the whole wave of “women empowerment” that has become quite popular in our region lately. He felt it was all too cliche and maybe I have no business on the topic. Well, I thought it would be good to remind him and the people who feel this way of a wonderful quote I read once, it goes like this: “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult”.

I have to be honest and say that this truly describes what a lot of women I know have to do in order to get recognition. Especially in our region. It probably explains why so many of them are so driven and passionate about what they do whether they are employees, Job seekers, entrepreneurs, artists, wives and mothers. That’s why I think that anyone who has the mind and heart to work twice as hard in spite of the obstacles and voices surrounding them, is someone I would rather see any day on the driver’s seat working, leading and running things instead of being condemned to the backseat. Regardless of their gender.

Author: Talib Hashim

Abdulmuttalib Al Hashimi (Talib) was born in 1977. He grew up in a sleepy town called Rashidiya, a far cry from the lights and bustle of Dubai. Talib began his career taking on a number of odd jobs (Yes, the legend of the one month stint he landed as a Magician/Promoter in the summer of '96 during the Dubai Shopping Festival is true). His first taste of the corporate world came with the large international bank HSBC, where he started in a small role as a 'Recovery and Debt Collector'. Fortunately, he moved up quickly during his tenure in the bank and was eventually recruited to be part of an elite team of Traders in the banks Global Market department. Inspite of the "Wall Street" like glitz and glamour that came with his role; Talib decided to submit his resignation in the summer of 2006 and say 'Adios' to his cubicle, a regular income -a well paying one too-, his SUV and the life of employment. Together with a young Emirati lady, he established Next Level Management Consultancy, a recruitment firm with specialisation in the niche market of 'Emiratisation' (Employing and developing UAE citizens). He is always proud of the fact that he has helped numerous Emiratis find employment. And he would like to think that he contributed -even if a little bit- to helping them lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Talib holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Project Management. He is an expert in Emiratisation and GCC national employment issues and initiatives. He is also a regular speaker on the topics of employment, development of people, Emirati entrepreneurship and also cultural challenges in the workplace. He also gives a series of motivational speeches titled "10 lessons I learned in 2009". Talib is an expert in multi-cultural issues that influence the Arab workplace and helps companies bridge the gap between their expatriate and local staff. He is often accused by some to be an idealist and a dreamer, however, Talib works tirelessly to become an agent of positive change in society (and ofcourse achieve amazing success as an Entrepreneur in the process). Talib believes that all Arab youth deserve the opportunity and the right to pursue their dreams and aspirations regardless of their race, caste, colour, status and family name in society; and hence he is a strong advocate of national and Arab youth empowerment. He has a passion for travelling and backpacking. He enjoys reading books on history, autobiographies and self improvement. He is currently trying to improve his sketching skills.