Khalid AlKhudair

Ashoka Fellow
Saudi Arabia,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Khalid AlKhudair was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
In a society guided by traditions and laws that make it nearly impossible for most women to find a job, Khalid is working to both change perceptions of women in the workforce and create meaningful avenues for women to secure jobs. Khalid’s work has three key thrusts. First, he has built an online platform that fills the gap between women seeking jobs and the companies that are ready to hire them. Already, Khalid’s organization Glowork has used unemployment records to build a database of 1.2 million unemployed Saudi women, and it has helped over 26,000 women find jobs in the kingdom by establishing partnerships with both Saudi and international corporations. Second, Khalid works with the Saudi Ministry of Labor to change policies that make it difficult for companies to hire women by proposing and passing new laws mandating the hiring of women in several sectors including retail and manufacturing. Third, Khalid is launching a series of marketing campaigns that encourage both Saudi men and women to think differently about the role of women in the workplace. Khalid’s ultimate goal is to have women represent 50 percent of the Saudi workforce.

As the first job portal for women in Saudi Arabia, Khalid’s initiative is paving the way for women’s employment to grow quickly in the Gulf region, in part by shifting mindsets to favor gender diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Moroever, he is not only giving women an entry point to access the workplace, he is also promoting equality by bringing together a new generation of strong and independent Saudi women who are ready to break free from traditional stereotypes.
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