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City, Saudi Arabia
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Khalid Al-Khudair is promoting employment opportunities for women in the Saudi Arabia though the use of online platforms that connect employers to qualified women looking for work.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

segregation laws hindering employment of women could be bypassed entirely with the creation of a virtual home office tool?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Long entrenched cultural norms and legal restrictions, are significant barriers for women to attain full participation in the workforce. Despite the huge investment in women’s education and qualified women, the employability of women still lags behind as one of the lowest in the Arab region.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Khalid set up a social business venture called Glowork. The online platform presents an easy access station to the Saudi job market (taking into consideration, mobility barriers, lack of information, and other limited communication channels) through which women can find a job with ease. Virtual marketing and clear presentation of information on the portal have encouraged women to post their CVs. He provides all services at no cost to female job seekers and COs; however, private companies pay a small fee to join the network.
Impact: How does it Work

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

To date, Glowork has created over 6,000 jobs for women, 50 of which were dedicated to women with special needs signaling a significant step towards promoting another level of inclusion. Khalid was able to reach women candidates and earn their confidence to post their CVs online. Currently, the website carries a database of CV’s that exceeds 1.2 million of highly qualified women and 159 companies who have agreed to open their doors to employing women if he could provide them with the right talent. Glowork has established relationships with every university and college within the region that has female representation, ensuring that these educational institutions are aware of his initiative and share new job postings with female students seeking employment.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Gloworks provides all services at no cost to female job seekers and citizen organizations; however, private companies pay a small fee to join the network. All profits are invested back in to the company to maintain its sustainability.

Founding Story

Khalid was born in Baghdad, Iraq to a Saudi father and mother with Iraqi origin, but he was raised and educated between Canada and the U.K., where he developed the belief that people should have equal and diversified opportunities. He joined KPMG as a marketing supervisor and within three years, he became the Country Marketing & Communications Manager. At the same time, his sister struggled to find a job due to cultural barriers and lack of information. This drove his movement to penetrate the Saudi job market and promote diversity and equality. In May of 2001 he founded Glowork and turned it into a replicable innovative model for job creation for women.


Anuradha kumari's picture

I like your solution for Saudi Job Market. Thanks for the article Khalid.

Nice opportunity for Job seekers.

nice one, super cool stuff

Rajeev Kumar's picture

I like this social venture. Thanks for the post.

Jack Smith's picture

Nice project, good one.