Empowerment of women in UAE highlighted by its envoy

November 30, 2021 3:47 p.m. STI

New Delhi [India], Nov 30 (ANI): UAE Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna stressed the importance of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment during an interview with a lively women’s group by Sanchita Mitra, National Coordinator of SEWA Bharat.
During the virtual meeting, the Ambassador said that the UAE is one of the most progressive societies when it comes to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, and that the UAE constitution guarantees the equal rights to all its citizens and Emirati women.
“The UAE’s success story is perhaps best characterized in the evolution and growing importance of Emirati women as contributors and partners in the remarkable nation-building process,” he said.
“Over the past few years, the UAE government has made gender equality and women’s economic empowerment a top political priority. In 2019, under the leadership of the UAE Gender Balance Council, the country introduced landmark reforms to boost women’s economic empowerment. he added.
The United Arab Emirates has become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to introduce paid parental leave for private sector employees.
Furthermore, the Ambassador mentioned that the UAE is one of the best performing countries in the region, having reduced the overall gender gap by 66%. Over 77% of Emirati women enroll in higher education after high school and make up 70% of all university graduates in the UAE.
“In 2020, the UAE ranked 18th out of 189 countries in women’s empowerment according to the 2020 Human Development Report commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),” he said. declared.
Previously, the UAE had the highest number of women on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen list, with 23 Emirati women on the list. Today, 15% of board-level positions nationwide are held by Emirati women.
The UAE is also carrying out measures to empower women within its diplomatic service. Including high-level female ambassadors in major embassies such as the United Nations Mission in New York, France, Germany, Finland, among others. (ANI)

Mara R. Wilmoth