BLC Bank gathers inspiring women from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in its continuous strive to empower women
Beirut – November 9, 2016 - BLC Bank and Alumni Central organized a high-level discussion and networking event on November 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut. The day was punctuated by workshops and discussions gathering empowering Lebanese women leaders in STEM to draw insights on the opportunities and challenges they face, the process to uncover actionable synergies that can empower women and insure and maintain female representation in these fields.
As highlighted by Assistant General Manager of BLC Bank Mrs. Tania Moussallem, « a country’s wealth is highly correlated to the active participation of women at all levels of a society. The underrepresentation of women in most of the country’s economic sectors constitutes a missed growth opportunity for Lebanon.”
The event was notably attended by Dr. Hala MOHTASSEB, Associate Provost at the American University of Beirut and H.E. Ms. Milagros HERNANDO ECHEVARRIA, Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon as well as Alist speakers who walked the participants through their journey such as Captain Rola HOTEIT, the first and only female pilot at Middle East Airlines and Ms. Helene NASR, CEO at Scitek, the first and only Lebanese female Nuclear Scientist who also won the Brilliant Lebanese Awards Woman Entrepreneur of the Year title in 2013.
Since 2012, with the launch of the We Initiative, BLC Bank has been an advocate for equal opportunities, allowing women to enhance their professional and personal lives through a myriad of programs and services. We Initiative’s customer value proposition goes beyond mere conventional financial solutions by providing non-financial services including trainings, access to markets and exposure (through the Brilliant Lebanese Awards, currently in its 5th edition), as well as mentorship and expert advice. With its #SheKtirMhem campaign, BLC Bank played an active role in breaking the stereotypes that plague society’s judgment and discourage young females from achieving their full potential including accessing fields such as the STEM.
A recent report by the Euro-Mediterranean Research Cooperation on Gender and Science highlighted that scientific research is still very male-dominated in Lebanon, despite the fact that the number of women who have studied sciences in Lebanon surpasses that of men. Many reasons can explain this scarcity such as social, cultural or country specific.
This event is one of the many demonstrations of BLC Bank’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment and its continuous strive to offer them the means needed to reach their goals.