World Bank Group praises Kuwait’s effort to achieve gender equality

KUWAIT, The World Bank Group Resident Representative in Kuwait, Ghassan Khoja, praised on Thursday Kuwait’s role and efforts to achieve gender equality in the labor market and economic activities.

In an Interview with Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Khoja said, although Kuwait succeeded in efforts to achieve equality between men and women, further serious work is needed to implement objectives of the Sustainable Development Plan in this regard. World Bank group’s regional office have hosted several seminars on women and their role in economy and economic activities as part of Kuwait’s effort to implement the vision of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (Kuwait New 2035) to transform Kuwait into a regional financial and commercial center, he added.

The regional office have recently hosted a seminar on the role of legislations to enable women enrollment in both government and private labor sectors, he assured.

During the seminar, that was attended by civil activists and representatives of various civil society bodies, an international study included 187 countries from around the world was presented.

The study reviewed nine main indicators, which has prevented women from entering labor market and Kuwait ranking on this index in this regard.

These indicators showed that Kuwaiti women participate more effectively than male in the labor market, as the number of Kuwaiti women workers is higher than that of men, which as a good indication that Kuwait managed to reach higher stander of gender equality.

He expressed hope that more women will enroll in labor sector with government plans to diverse sources of national income, relying on the private sector as the engine and main driver of the national economy.

Khoja pointed out that the World Bank Group continues to communicate with all sectors within Kuwait, whether governmental, academic or research institutions, to consider these important indicators and to examine the mechanisms that would improve Kuwait’s ranking. This process will be long and continuous to achieve the goals of sustainable development, Khoja added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency