Empowering women in industry in Lebanon

The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) launches Women Taskforce supported by the Bureau for Employers Activities of the ILO to boost gender diversity in Lebanese Industries

News | 20 December 2023

In a significant step towards promoting gender diversity and inclusion in the Lebanese industrial sector, the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) has officially launched the ALI Women Taskforce. This initiative, born out of an ongoing collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), aims to increase the representation of women in the association and promote a more inclusive workforce across the Lebanese private sector.

The collaboration between the ILO and ALI has been instrumental, particularly through the Women in Management Initiative (WIMIN). This initiative has helped ALI identify the challenges women face in their careers, develop interventions to support their progress and establish the Women Management Fund. This fund, in partnership with respected institutions such as the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin and the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Lebanon, focuses on building the leadership capacity of women members in management and board positions in various sectors.

Recognising the need for a dedicated effort, ALI officially launched the Women's Task Force on 19 December. Comprising influential women leaders from six industrial companies, the Task Force is focused on brainstorming solutions to advance diversity and inclusion within ALI's membership. The inaugural meeting discussed strategic activities and key objectives, including the task force's mandate and mission, as well as specific actions to advance women in the industrial sector.

Among the top priorities identified by the participants were the emphasis on corporate governance, the identification of best practices among women leaders and companies implementing gender policies, the design and implementation of a communication campaign to empower university students in their leadership careers, and the support of companies and women leaders through capacity building programmes. There is also a focus on increasing the number of female industrialists as members of the ALI Board.

The Women's Taskforce has formulated a comprehensive two-year action plan to be launched in early 2024. This groundbreaking initiative represents a bold step towards gender diversity, empowerment and excellence in the Lebanese industrial landscape, and promises to have a transformative impact on the future of women leaders and the industry as a whole.