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How The UAE Cabinet Aims to Further Empower Emirati Women


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In recent years, the UAE has made significant strides towards closing the gender gap, from introducing equal pay legislation earlier this year, to launching a gender balance guide for companies and forming a Gender Balance Council. It is such a focus on empowering the country’s women that has fueled the UAE Cabinet’s latest legislative policies, announced on Tuesday.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired a special session at the General Women’s Union headquarters this week. As part of the meeting, the country’s cabinet approved a range of initiatives designed to bolster Emirati women and their contributions to the UAE’s development.

As part of the legislation, a media hub will be launched to report on the successes of the nation’s women, while new policies will drive female participation in the UAE’s judicial system. The changes also hope to boost the number of women in leadership positions in a range of industries, as well as the number of females taking part in diplomatic missions. The cabinet also set frameworks for legislation concerning domestic violence, according to Dubai Media Office.

During the session, HH Sheikh Mohammed paid tribute to HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.

“Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak is an inspiring and exemplary model for all women in the UAE,” said the royal. “[Her Highness] has carried on the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, who sought women’s empowerment as a crucial element to the nation’s development, and now my Emirati sisters are reaping the benefits of Zayed’s legacy.”

This week also saw the launch of the “Emirati Women’s Encyclopaedia”, a publication that documents the achievements and successes of the nation’s females. “Women constitute over half of society; they build the foundations of our renaissance whether in education, medicine or engineering,” added HH Sheikh Mohammed. “We must, therefore, enhance their dynamic role in both the UAE and global communities, across multiple sectors.”

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