To help women overcome this, campaigns and programs have been established that seek to provide them with the capabilities and skills necessary to make them a successful leader, and encourage them to take their equal opportunity with men, including the “Girls for Girls G4G” program, which was established in 2017 by a group of Harvard University graduates, who felt that women do not It is still underrepresented globally in leadership positions in the public and private spheres as well as in civil society.
In turn, the Director of the “Girls for Girls Kuwait” program, Nabila Abu Hantash, revealed that the program works as a non-profit initiative through the Women’s Cultural and Social Association, and revolves around encouraging women to strive for leadership positions by enhancing competencies and reaching a more equal and more sustainable society. Abu Hantash added to Al-Qabas that she presented the project in 2020 as a civil initiative in partnership with the Women’s Cultural Association, noting that the initiative relies on the method used by Harvard University, which presents and discusses content in an interactive manner through content derived from Harvard professors, as the program offers 6 sessions dealing with topics , such as the importance of leadership, how to lead courageously, the art of communication, the judgment of negotiations, rising to positions, and ethics in decision-making.
She pointed out that the program aims to create a platform that supports girls and enables them to assume positions and lead change in their lives and societies by building confidence, courage and taking initiative, indicating that the association has added legitimacy to the program and provided it with the space and resources it needs for an encouraging start and a credible work.
Abu Hantash enumerated what had been achieved during the program in Kuwait, since the signing of the memorandum of understanding with the association, where 3 courses were offered and work is underway for another course, and it is planned to reach 6 courses by the end of 2021, with 100 trainees.
She explained that the interest of the Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) was attracted through the participation of the Assistant Secretary-General of the Commission, Abrar Al-Hammad, in addition to inviting the initiative to conduct the program at the Kuwait Bar Association, and cooperating with other non-governmental organizations focusing on women to lead their guidance sector.
She pointed to hosting speakers in the initiative, such as the oil expert Sarah Akbar, constitutional law expert Jumana Behbehani, Imad Al-Ablani, General Manager of Human Resources at the National Bank of Kuwait, from Yaddi Lubna Abbas Foundation, and the former head of the Family Medicine Program at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Samia Al-Muslim, And Kuwait’s former representative to OPEC, Nawal Al-Fazia, head of the Center for Women’s Studies at Kuwait University, Dr. Lubna Al-Qadi, and the creator of Service Hero, an entrepreneur in the private sector, Faten Abu-Ghazaleh. Abu Hantash has more than 30 years of experience in the field of strategic and financial consulting, training and guidance. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in management, leadership and decision-making methods, both from the Kennedy School – Harvard University, and an MBA with a specialization in finance from George Washington University, in addition to her qualification as a technology therapist.