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'Women under-represented in Middle East FM'

Regional FM's employment mix is "predominantly male", Minelle Gholami, people director at Emrill, told ConstructionWeekOnline ahead of International Women's Day

Women are "under-represented" in Middle East's FM sector. [Representational image]
Women are "under-represented" in Middle East's FM sector. [Representational image]

Minelle Gholami, people director at integrated FM (IFM) provider Emrill Services, said women are under-represented in the regional sector. 

Speaking to ConstructionWeekOnline ahead of this year's International Women's Day, Gholami said grass-root level efforts must be made to achieve gender parity within the sector. 

She added: "Women are certainly underrepresented, [and] FM in the Middle East is still predominantly male in terms of the employment mix.

"Having said that, we have seen some great strides in the promotion of women in FM to directorships and senior positions, as well an increase in women coming into operational roles and the recognition through awards of exceptional women in FM." 

Up to 770 of Emrill's total 7,402 staff are women, employed across various levels within the organisation. 

Gholami continued: "At Emrill we have been committed to the development of female graduate engineers with a view to [boosting their careers], increasing our diversity, and contributing to the advancement of FM [by furthering] exceptional talent.

"Talent needs to be developed right from the grass roots, with continuous support to facilitate the building of experience, skills, and confidence." 

International Women's Day is celebrated on 8 March each year.

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