Ooredoo aims to Connect Women in the Maldives

Ooredoo aims to Connect Women in the Maldives
09th Sep 2015

Ooredoo today launched GSMA’s Connected Women programme in the Maldives, which is focused on the socio-economic benefits of greater inclusion of women at all points in the mobile industry from consumer to employee to leaders. As a committed partner to the Connected Women programme which accelerates growth of the female digital economy, Ooredoo will work to bring significant socio-economic benefits to all women and to the mobile eco-system of Maldives.

CEO of Ooredoo Maldives, Mr. Vikram Sinha said:“Ooredoo has taken the lead in providing award-winning services for women in markets ranging from Iraq to Indonesia. We will build on these powerful programmes that are making a difference across our footprint, in order to offer smart opportunities that can enrich the lives of women across the Maldives”.

As part of Ooredoo’s commitment to Connecting Women across the Maldives, the company has today launched the ‘Smart Ideas for Women’ challenge. The initiative will be held in collaboration with local NGO, Woman on Boards (WOB) and aims to further understand some of the key challenges being faced by women across our communities and to create awareness on how technologies can provide smart solutions in tackling these issues.

The ‘Smart Ideas for Women’ challenge requires people who are interested in closing the gender disparity gap, to share ideas on how they would use technology to empower women and girls within the Maldivian society. The most powerful idea will receive a grant of MVR 50,000 that can help the winners to bring their idea to life.

The Ambassador of Connected Women in the Maldives, member of board of Ooredoo Maldives and Senior Partner SHAH, HUSSAIN & CO. Barristers and Attorneys, Ms. Dheena Hussain said: “Every woman should have equal opportunity to access the many benefits that technology can provide them with. I am proud to be part of this initiative, which will focus on providing life-enhancing services for women in order to accelerate the female digital economy across the Maldives. We’re very excited to hear your ideas on how we can use technological advancements to empower women and girls within our communities”

Participants can submit their ideas by logging on to ooredoo.mv/smartideasforwomen by 28th September 2015. The best ideas will be shortlisted, and the relevant participants will get the opportunity to present their idea to a panel of judges. The winning idea will be selected by the panel of experts based on its potential to empower women, as well as the effectiveness of the participant’s plans to utilize the grant in implementing an idea.

Ooredoo has partnered with Women on Boards, a local NGO dedicated to inspire and empower the next generation women to fill top hierarchy positions at all levels of the Maldives by unleashing their economic power.

President of WOB, and former CEO of the Capital Market Development Authority (CMDA) Ms. Fathimath Shafeega said: “It is a pleasure to collaborate with Ooredoo in their work to support the greater economic inclusion of women. With the expansion of the Maldivian economy, more women have the opportunity to participate in strengthening the development of the country and contributing to business reforms. Those businesses which realize and understand the importance of this trend and empower women will be reaping the greatest benefits from it. We believe that the future of gender diversity in leading the economy has already begun, and we thank Ooredoo for supporting us in being at the helm of the change”.

The company was also the title sponsor of WOB’s “The Conference for Women” held in Bandos Island Resort last week. The conference was held in partnership with McQuire Rens & Jones and provided breakthrough success strategies and insights for women of all ages.

Working with the GSMA’s Connected Women Programme, Ooredoo Maldives will continue to develop new initiatives and services for female consumers and employees based on the critical insights offered by GSMA into the socio-economic benefits of greater inclusion of women in the telecommunications sector.