TIAW congratulates the extraordinary individuals who have been selected as recipients of the 2013 TIAW World of Difference 100 Award!
Each year, the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award recognizes women - and men - who have advanced the economic empowerment of women, whether on a small scale in the developing world, or effecting change in the boardrooms of the business capitals of the world. Established in 2008, the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award has garnered worldwide attention for the high caliber of achievement and change leadership demonstrated by its recipients, the impressive reach the awards throughout the world and by their growing impact.The awards celebrate the inspiring, courageous, tenacious and creative achievements of the extraordinary champions of women’s economic advancement.
Recipients of the 2013 TIAW World of Difference 100 represent 35 different countries on five continents and their accomplishments are truly inspiring. The awards will be presented at the TIAW World of Difference Awards dinner on March 27, 2014 in Washington, DC as part of the annual TIAW Global Forum.
Today we share with you insight and inspiration from selected World of Difference Award recipients. Nermin Saad, from Jordan, is a 2013 World of Difference Award recipient in the Community category is featured below.
Share your thoughts on being a 2013 World of Difference Award recipient?
To be recognized by such a reputed award will add a lot to my portfolio and will boost my credibility in my community as a female engineer tabbing into a male dominant field ...
Also it will increase the level of my responsibility towards my business.
Why do you think is important to empower women/girls?
I will start by saying that "Women are half the world and they bring the other half to life ... so it is all about women!!". Countries that marginalized women's role in the society are now at the "tail" and I don't want my children to grow in the "tail".
What inspires you to continue to make a difference?
Successful business venture starts with an-idea, a-seed that grows if nurtured and taken care of with passion and attention. When I had the idea to start Handasiyat.net, it sprung from the pure intention to help other female engineers to use their qualifications and combat cultural stigma which may be of hindrance. Within a very short time of exposing my idea to the public I've been nominated, honored & awarded in many national, regional & international events, which encourages me a lot to continue in my way of supporting "professional females" - Like me- to realize their self recognition while respecting customs & traditions.
The world should be prepared & facilitated for "professional & experienced mothers" who are passionate about both: their professional & social lives.
What is the next thing you'd like to accomplish?
I would like to spread the word in my community towards the importance of life-work balance in the women's lives; especially in the Arab communities that are characterized by being very emotional and tightly attached to their families . The culture of the Arab region is full of cultural stigma, which can provide barriers especially to women. Nevertheless, women in the region seek empowerment and continuous improvement, however they find it hard due to the notion that women are deemed to be financially dependent on others throughout their lives. We aim to address their need through our business model. Our female employees can now make use of their qualifications, gain a-steady income while working flexibly around their roles as mothers and wives. So far, it has been generally considered that women are duty bound to their households. Many go through all their lives without considering that a-balance may exist. Motherhood, has effectively become an-expiry date in terms of a woman's career aspirations. We aim to challenge this notion and provide females in the region an-opportunity to succeed in both their professional and household careers. At Handisyat.net we believe that women do not expire… they inspire.
Read our next interview with Pervin Todiwala, from the UK, a 2013 World of Difference Award recipient in the Entrepreneurship category.