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What business executives really think about women leaders in the GCC

This report represents the culmination of a study carried out between October 2015 and January 2016.  The study objectives were to identify and analyze attitudes and perceptions of high-level, professional male and female leaders in the GCC region with regards to women's progress to senior management positions and board level.

Respondents were specifically chosen to represent a diversity of gender, industry, and of nationalities, but to be leaders in their respective business fields.  In-depth interviews were conducted with these leaders with the aim of revealing their candid thoughts on the challenges and opportunities faced by women, as well as their thoughts on practical actions that can be taken to improve the outlook for the future and to build on existing progress.

The results are intended to be used as the basis for dialogue that can lead to greater discussion, and, therefore, more action and results in terms of women attaining leadership positions in the region.

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