(MENAFN - Arab News) There are 19 businesswomen competing for the membership of various commissions at the jeddah chamber of commerce and industry (jcci) sources said.
some of them are also vying for the chairs of these commissions they said.
members were elected to the chamber's board four months ago for a four-year term.
many of the chamber’s commissions used to be chaired and occupied exclusively by men in the past.
adnan mandourah secretary-general of the chamber said that there are at least 370 contestants running for the commissions.
women are now trying to run for membership after failing to win any seat on the board he said.
elections for memberships in 19 sectoral commissions will be held on may 11.
muhyi hikami deputy secretary-general of the chamber said that the elections for the commissions will be conducted electronically.
competition is particularly fierce for membership of commissions dealing with contractors lawyers private schools real estate public transport fabrics and ready-made clothes marketing and advertising printing houses livestock trading engineering houses auctions electrical and house appliances jewelry foodstuff trading and car exhibits.
“there are 14 men and 12 women running for the commission dealing with private schools” he said. “abir salamah a businesswoman is the only female candidate among 34 contestants competing for a spot at the contracting commission.”
“in addition there are 19 merchants running for a seat on the livestock trading commission. danya al-alami is the only woman running against 14 men for the membership of the jewelry and precious stones commission while there are 18 contestants six of them women competing for a spot in the employment and training commission.”