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WEBB Middle East:"An Egyptian Feminist Movement into Global Digital Action"

Mrs.Rim Siam, Chairman of WEBB International Middle East - Welcome speech for the Launching of WEBB Middle East , Burj Al Arab Hotel , Dubai

Introduction:

Rim believes that woman in business has the power within her and around her.This power might be enough to drive her to reach success and achieve her dreams. In Middle Eastern communities the participation of women in the economy is weakest among all women in the world. For years, women were marginalized and not given decision-making positions,as tradition dictated that men were better able and suited to make rational business decisions. Often times,neither father,nor brother,or husband allowed them to work in public career,or to launch businesses that involve communicating with public. But Today, with more and better opportunities of Education & Communication,as well as more frequent contacts between East and West through Internet & Media, the Middle Eastern women are looking sustaining and raising over career challenges,they are looking for equality between genders.
Rim's mind never seemed to stop. As Egyptian business woman for more then 22 years and also as a mentor, She realized it wasn't all just about the achievement of her personal dreams,it was also playing an important role in connecting female entrepreneurs and business owners and professionals across borders specially those who their businesses were affected by the Arab springs.
She wanted to take action and support businesses that enhance women’s marketable skills to increase the value of women-owned businesses,to expand women’s participation in the region’s economy,to help them to become and be seen as engines for economic growth and to build a rising pulse of women’s empowerment across the globe.
Women’s economic empowerment is a global issue that has a particular resonance in the Arab world. Women represent just less than 1 in 7 of the 5,887 firms in 10 MENA countries.
Businesswomen in the Middle East face many challenges: gaining access to capital to start and grow businesses, opening new markets, building strong brands and loyal customers, gaining the skills and experience to capitalize on opportunity, leveraging technology and recruiting and maintaining talent. Without doubt getting an online start-up business would be both cost-efficient and easier for women specially with family commitments.It will helps them to increase their visibilities,to strengthen their brands,to create competitive advantages and to open up opportunities for their businesses to attract new customers for both local and global markets.

Professional challenge : "Taking Action"

In December 2012, Rim established WEBB International Middle East with the vision to Pool all Women & Youth Skills around the globe under one roof at one place....Working Together Across Sectors ... Building Business and Bridging Culture .

What WEBB Stand for ? Women Engaging in Bridge Building
WEBB History : It started as a movement :
The Birth of the idea of WEBB was in Milan,Italy in 2001.
Dr.Riffat Hassan a Pakistani-American theologian-Professor at the University of Louisville, Mrs.Louise Kissane- businesswoman, Nancy Fina - professional photographer, Laure capelle and Several European businesswomen were united in 2001 in Italy by a common commitment to build bridges of human understanding with people of all cultures and faiths and break cultural barriers, stereotypes and prejudices in order to create a culture of knowledge, dialogue, empowerment, respect and peace.
In 2003, Ms.Nazreen Ali Established WEBB Canada ,as a women-led organization ( NGO )dedicated to providing opportunities for exchange, support and sharing of information between people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. In 2010, Mrs.Rim Siam became WEBB Representative in the Middle East.
In 2012, Mrs.Rim Siam Established WEBB International Middle East to create an ONLINE Platform that connects FEMALE entrepreneurs and business people across sectors together through building business bridges. Rim said; "WEBB International Middle East will not merely have online presence;It will also have offline presence in different countries. However,its power will be first gained from its website and online community. It will have representative offices in different countries to serve in building professional & commercial bridges.WEBB International middle East is revolutionary in its simplicity as well as its depth."

WEBB International Middle East.Ltd mission's;

-Building Online Women's Enterprises: www.webb-middleeast.com
An internet based brand “ WEBB Megastore “ That women’s enterprise across different sectors( Trading,fashion,tourism,real estate,home décor,agriculture ..etc ) will be recognized as a leader in the promotion,marketing and sale of its products in the online retail marketplace.

-Creating an online services “WEBB Business Center”: www.webb-middleeast.org
Providing for the first time online Skype Translators who can help in translating Business and Medical online communications.
Providing online Secretaries who can fullfil businessmen/women's work.

-Transforming it's online"WEBB Megastore"into an offline brand name store( like gallery Lafayette,harrods,Macy's..etc ).

-Providing Online Education Sessions:WEBB International Middle East in association with the Hotmommasproject.org out of the George Washington school of business will provide Online Business Educational sessions to fill the gap and increase self confidence in girls & women globally. http://vimeo.com/65011553

-Empowering women and Youth through training sessions to become leaders and successful entrepreneurs:WEBB Middle East in association with UNIDO-ITPO Bahrain announced Initiative;
“Empowering 20000 Women & Youth by 2020 through 200 leaders in Arab & African Countries :
Entrepreneurship Training of Trainers (T.O.T) for New Enterprise Creation in order to provide employment and income generating opportunities .“Having a new, valuable and practical idea with a creative mind does NOT lead to entrepreneurial behavior.In addition to those,a step by step process should be trained by an expert entrepreneurship trainers in order to easily, effectively and quickly bring the ideas to economic and/or social value.”The purpose of the TOT Program is capacity building to gain quality management knowledge and expertise."

WEBB International Middle East is Seeking full cooperation of esteemed companies and organizations in supporting its goal to Building Business and Bridging Culture and to cement its vision to increase women and youth’s capacity to understand, appreciate and value their differences as well as their similarities.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

Y's picture

This sounds like a great use

This sounds like a great use of technology.

Yvette

Nabiye Tal's picture

Great Job!

You are doing a great Job Mrs Rim Siam, i admire your courage working in the middle east by standing out to encourage and inspire women on business and entreprenural skills . When you empower women you are indirectly empowering the entire people of the world! And the use of technology that you employ to carry out your activities is a great way to do so. I encourage you. Keep up the good work.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

WEBB Middle East's picture

Thanks a lot Nabiey Tal for

Thanks a lot Nabiey Tal for your nice comment.

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

I see the incredible importance of this movement and I admire Rim's leadership and dedication to empowering and engaging under-represented women in the MENA region. Using the internet as a springboard to economic participation is a great use of resources and I can see the potential lasting effects of these efforts. The internet allows women to connect to an uninhibited world allowing for a large degree of empowerment. In reaching out to other entrepreneurs and connections around the world, women use their own networks to gain business savvy and start-up capital to be successful in their home regions. This all has future impact. This movement is complex, but I see the incredible skill and foresight. Women do have the power and need campaigns like yours to help them enter the economic arena. Thank you for sharing! I would love to hear more personal stories on how this campaign was successful at transforming the social and economic lives of women.

WEBB Middle East's picture

Thank you !

Thanks to all of you for your positive comments .

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

Katalina's picture

Great Job!

I think you're doing a great job with WEBB. Thanks for your writing. I appreciate what you're doing to help women!

WEBB Middle East's picture

Thank You

Thank You Katalina

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

Very powerful online market to build connection bridges between women for better business worldwide...great idea that matches the lifestyle of most of leaders in business including all sectors of services.. Wish you all the success that can empower the WEBB to be part of succefull online market share between business women all over the world .
Proud of Rim Siam the Egyptian woman that is always rise on top with her success and challenge which never stop..Way to go Dear friend

Dear Reem ;

Thank you for your wonderful comment , I am so lucky to have a friend like you .
Thank you for being a true friend since our childhood .Thank you for your love and help .

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

Sahar Hassan's picture

Keep it Up

Actually all your activities are inspiring me... you are doing great Job. I always admire your hard working and tremendous efforts not to mention your perseverance and dedication. I strongly believe that many Middle Eastern women wish to follow your steps... Hope that all your optimistic plans and actions would have its fruitful effects in the near future.. Please accept my due respect for a sincere, hard-worker and innovative Arab businesswoman. Keep it up.

Sahar Hassan
PA to the South Korean Ambassador in Kuwait
sahara202@hotmail.com

Dear Sahar ;
Thank you; you are an important person in my life ... I am blessed to have you.
Thank you for being a true friend!

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

RosemaryC's picture

Good luck with your endeavours

I like the name - Women Engaging in Bridge Building - and it certainly seems like WEBB is an idea that has appeal to women in many places.
You have big dreams for WEBB Middle East, as you have shared them here. I visited your two websites and see that you have begun the online secretary and translation services for business, but the online megastore is still in the developmental stage. There are a number of examples of online stores that women have created in Africa, to market arts and crafts created by women in various parts of Africa, and these stores provide support for those artisans and craftswomen. Possibly, depending on how you imagine the WEBB megastore will work, these sites might provide some examples of how you might set up your megastore site.
Best wishes,
Rosemary

WEBB Middle East's picture

Dear Rosemary C ; Thank you

Dear Rosemary C ;
Thank you for your warm editing, your valuable comments and suggestions.

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

boughnea's picture

GREAT idea and work!

I think this is so great to see. You go beyond what you need to do for your own success and seek out how to bring success to other young women and future leaders. Thank you, and keep up the great work! : )

-Amanda

WEBB Middle East's picture

Thanks & Appreciation

Dear Amanda ;
Thanks for your nice comment! it means a lot to me to know all your feedbacks.
Appreciated!
Cheers!

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Wow, Rim!

Dear Rim,

What could be more worthwhile than, " creating a culture of knowledge, dialogue, empowerment, respect and peace" ?

And also empowering women and youth to recognize and appreciate their differences as well as their similarities!

Thank you for directing me to this article and thank you for all that you are doing to empower others. Your work is magnificent and your voice and leadership crucial to many, I have no doubt.

May you thrive in this work.

I wish you joy and I wish you love,

- Sarah

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

WEBB Middle East's picture

Thank You!

Thanks a lot Sarah for reading it .
Appreciate your nice comment and wishes.
THANK YOU .

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

WEBB Middle East's picture

Thank You!

Thanks a lot Sarah for reading it .
Appreciate your nice comment and wishes.
THANK YOU .

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

Mary S's picture

Hi Rim I know that for many

Hi Rim

I know that for many women in the Middle East, culture can make it harder for them to achieve what they want, so it is great to see you and others finding ways to change that. The internet is definitely a good way to bring people together and help them find new information and ideas.

When I go into your store website, I notice that there are quite a few 'test' entries. It may be an idea to remove some of those so that people only see active stores, which will make things look more professional.

Good luck with everything you are doing!

Mary

WEBB Middle East's picture

THANK YOU MARY : Sure, we

THANK YOU MARY :
Sure, we are working on it .
Appreciate!

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

Tam's picture

What a Great Title

Hello Rim,

What a great title! I also love "power in her and around her". You shake the branches of the notion that men somehow have more right to the internet than women. You dare to question how and why women have been held back in the Middle East, and offer a solution made possible by your work in creating WEBB-Middle East. The title alone speaks volumes. You give a history of a common thread still perpetuated world wide - that as women we are not trusted to be able to make rational decisions (!), an argument still promoted world wide as women emerge as leaders. The information that you give of this tired old idea's current use in your area, is important for us all.

This article is such a good mix of solid information for us all to spread further, a celebration of successes of women that span many countries, and down to earth examples of how to increase our connections, with economic power for women being such a necessary base.

It was inspiring to read the history of WEBB and exciting to know that it is possible to keep updated on all you are doing, through WEBB-Middle East. Congratulations, Sister.

Tam

WEBB Middle East's picture

Thank you Tam!

Liked & appreciated your feedback.

THANK YOU TAM !

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

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