Dubai company to hire more women, extend maternity leave

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Dubai company to hire more women, extend maternity leave

Dubai - Careem Women Empowerment and Engagement Network (CWEEN) aims to end gender gap.

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Published: Wed 8 Mar 2017, 3:46 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Mar 2017, 9:24 PM

A top ride-hailing app firm, Careem, has committed to extending maternity leave and bringing onboard more female engineers by the end of 2017 through new internal program called "CWEEN".
26 per cent - that's the current representation of women in Careem's total workforce. 8 per cent - that's the ratio of women to men in senior leadership roles at Careem.
Drawing on its bold and transparent approach to making a difference in people's lives, the region's leading ride-hailing app today acknowledges the gender gap that exists within the company and pledges to overcome it by calling on women to take charge of their fair representation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
On the occasion of International Women's Day and as the first of many initiatives aimed at strengthening gender diversity across its offices within the region, the company announces its proprietary program - Careem Women Empowerment and Engagement Network (CWEEN), which loosely sounds like queen!
Launching today, the program will focus on ensuring equal job opportunities, flexibility and transparency for its female talent pool and contribute to the company's efforts towards achieving zero gender bias by the end of the year.
"We looked at ourselves internally and realised that we have some work to do. We fully support gender equality in the workplace and whilst our statistics show that we are on par with the global standards, we've taken it upon ourselves to break out of the norm to trigger a change. In order to achieve this, we're going to extend maternity leave from 45 days to 3 months," said Abdulla Elyas, Co-founder and Chief People Officer, Careem.
"We understand that women with STEM backgrounds already occupy a small share of the total workforce in the region due to a number of social stigmas associated with working in these positions, inadequate support and, to a certain extent, lack of opportunities.
"Through CWEEN and our other outreach programs such as empowering fresh graduates in universities, we want to be that change-maker that remains dedicated to unlocking the tremendous potential of the female talent within the region," he added.
By the end of 2017, Careem also aims to hire an increased percentage of female engineers.

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