Pioneering Women's Empowerment in Sharjah's creative landscape
28 - 08 - 2023
In Sharjah, a notable transformation is taking place, reflecting the emirate's commitment to advancement, diversity, and equality. With a 68% surge in female entrepreneurs, Sharjah is rapidly establishing itself as a vibrant centre for female-led startups and creative ventures. This underpins a market that not only provides support but also champions inclusivity and creates an environment where women entrepreneurs thrive. Across the UAE, women drive 47.5% of SMEs in the country, and in doing so, they are shaping the nation's future.
Empowering Women in the Creative Sectors
Sharjah's creative landscape spans diverse sectors, from art and design to literature, media, and beyond. Women in Sharjah have not only embraced these fields but are also actively shaping and redefining them.
Leadership in Media and Communication
The media and communication sector in Sharjah has also seen remarkable women break barriers. Talented women are embracing roles that were once predominantly held by men, spanning across journalism, filmmaking, and digital media.
Fostering the Next Generation
Beyond their individual achievements, women in Sharjah's creative landscape are actively involved in mentoring and nurturing the next generation of female talents. They are advocating for educational initiatives, workshops, and networking opportunities that empower young women to pursue their creative passions with confidence.
Shams is at the forefront of empowering women in Sharjah's creative sector through various avenues. One of the pivotal ways is by offering new financing opportunities. Shams is expanding its support for entrepreneurial ventures in the media sector by collaborating with Funding Souq, a digital financing platform for SME’s. This strategic partnership provides innovative financing facilities for start-ups and SMEs through Funding Souq’s crowdfunding platform, with Shams offering crucial loan repayment guarantees. Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Media City (Shams), highlights the significance of this move in overcoming the funding challenges that often hinder the growth of startups, aligning with Shams' mission to nurture entrepreneurship, innovation, and creative thinkers in the media and creativity sector, especially in women-led companies.
Shams is empowering women in the creative industry by conducting workshops and training programmes. In 2020, Shams launched an entrepreneurship package with the aim to bolster female entrepreneurship in Sharjah. This is apart from the multitude of workshops that help female leaders level up their skills while providing them with countless opportunities to rub shoulders with the best in business. From photography businesses to digital marketing, Shams has cost-effective and tailored packages for all kinds of businesses in the creative industries.
These workshops not only offer practical insights but also create a supportive environment where women can network, learn from experts, and exchange ideas. By fostering a culture of learning and growth, Shams is paving the way for women to thrive in the creative sector of Sharjah.
Sharjah's creative landscape is being transformed by the innovative and pioneering spirit of women. Their accomplishments and contributions are reshaping industries, challenging norms, and inspiring generations to come.
The emirate's unwavering commitment to women's empowerment underscores its role as a leader in promoting gender equality and inclusivity.
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