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TBY hosted its annual panel discussion in Lebanon on June 19, 2018. The event, held in the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut, was entitled “Narrowing the Gender Gap," and was organized in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Lebanon, and the Association of Lebanese Business People in the World (RDCL World). The roundtable brought together a unique blend of stakeholders from across the Lebanese economy to discuss the issue of gender equality in the workplace, and focused on possible causes, implications, and solutions.
Although the number of female workers in several of Lebanon's economic sectors (in particular, banking, financial services, technology) has been steadily increasing over recent years, gender parity in the workplace is far from a reality. Globally, while it has been acknowledged that plurality in the workplace is beneficial for a company's growth trajectory and financial performance, few firms act on this evidence and gender roles in corporate governance structures seem entrenched.
In an effort to shed light on these issues, the participants were intentionally drawn from a broad cross section of the Lebanese economy. They included: Salim Zeenni, Chairman, American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce; Tamara Salha, Hotel Manager, Phoenicia Beirut; Mona Bawarshi, CEO, Gezair; Rita Rizk, Managing Director, Tamayyaz; Raya Haffar Al Hassan, President, Tripoli Special Economic Zone; Joelle Abou Farhat Rizkallah, Co-Founder of Women in Front NGO; and Fouad Zmokhol, President, RDCL World.
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Joelle Abou Farhat Rizkallah is Co-Founder of Women in Front NGO.
Mona Bawarshi is CEO of Gezairi.
Raya Haffar Al Hassan is President of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone.
Rita Rizk is Managing Director of Tamayyaz.
Tamara Salha is Hotel Manager of the Phoenicia Beirut.
Salim Zeenni is Chainman of the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Fouad Zmokhol is President of RDCL World.
The AmCham was announced in 1998 by William Daley, Secretary of Commerce during his visit to Beirut. It was officially launched in January 2000 by Molly Williamson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East and Africa at the Department of Commerce. Since then, the Chamber has gone miles forward, and its activities towards promoting business with the U.S. have been quite diversified. AmCham believes in the development of strong relations between Lebanon and the United States. It is proud to be part of the AmChams network affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC, and a member of the Amcham MENA Council, as well as a successful entity with great relations with the Lebanese Professional Associations. Our biggest assets are our members. It is their continuous involvement and participation that allows us to move ahead. We hope that this website will be useful to them and that it will improve communication between our AmChams, all of its members and the business community at large.
The RDCL is an association of business men and women from several activity sectors and various regions of Lebanon.
This association is united by a common vision of the Lebanese Economy and aims at protecting the private sector since its foundation in 1987.