On Gender Equality: UAE Promotes Participation of Women In All Sectors

By Czarina Ara Lasco

Nov 16, 2016 08:54 AM EST

The government will also make effort to promote female input in various sectors. By adopting the legislations that support women, UAE's goal of female participation can be attained. Today UAE is one of the world's leading nations in female literacy and education levels, according to Gender Gap Report issued by the World Economic Forum.

"The remarkable achievements of women in the UAE would not have been possible without the strong belief of our leaders in the importance of involving both men and women in the development of our nation, and providing them with equal opportunities. The UAE's progress is dependent on innovation and continual achievements in different sectors by both genders. Our leaders ensure that the rights of all people are upheld, without discrimination, and provide women with an opportunity to make a difference in the community and in different roles," said Shaikha Manal.

According to the Vice-President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, Mona Al Marri, the UAE Government's purpose to achieve high rankings in global competitiveness reports has aided to improve the part of women in the UAE, which has reinforced the lessening of the gender gap and ensure women and men equal chances in all sectors.

The third meeting of the UAE Gender Balance Council was held in Dubai. In the said meeting, the council discussed work strategy, vision and the adoption of the UAE Gender Balance Programme with a definite timeline.

The agenda includes a number of initiatives, which include the Institutions' Balance Guide, a manual for gender balance in the place of work; The National Political Empowerment Programme, which targets to back women to work in various fields, including the political sector and an initiative for Women in Boards of Directors.

"The UAE is leading in areas such as female literacy and female education. These achievements reflect the ongoing efforts by our wise leaders to close the gender gap and to create an environment that is supportive for women, particularly in critical sectors such as the education sector," Al Marri said.

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