Vice President Of UAE Gender Balance Council Called UAE A Role Model For Gender Balance
The UAE’s Gender Inequality index has increased to 11th position in 2022, from 49th in 2015, as a result of several international corporations focused on implementing programs to increase the number of female employees in the country during the past few years.
The rapid growth during the last seven years indicates that the Emirate is progressing in the right direction. Moreover, this 38-position jump in the Gender Inequality index comes only after the establishment UAE Gender Balance Council in 2015.
56 local and international businesses have joined to increase the proportion of women in the workforce
Following this achievement, Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council addressed at the 8th Dubai International Project Management, held under His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.
During the 3-day occasion from 23-26 January, the vice president of the UAE Gender Balance Council, Al Marri said that the vision to empower the leadership of the women to the nation’s sustainable development journey has a wider impact as they have been a major contributor for the nation’s development. She added that the leadership confidence demonstrated by women employees has enabled the nation to attain global leadership in gender balance.
According to her statement, it is believed that around 56 companies that include local and internationally based in UAE have vowed to accelerate the percentage of women employees in senior leadership positions to 30% by 2025.
She added that several companies at present have already implemented similar initiatives to raise the percentage of women leaders to 27%. At this rate, the emirate could further raise its position in the Gender Inequality index.
As for now, 27.5% of the UAE cabinet and 50% of the UAE Federal National Council is replenished by women. It seems that these demonstrations have enabled women to gain confidence and express their strategic ideas for the development of the Emirate. In addition to this several key positions are held by women in different corporations.
She addressed the nation that, women has made substantial efforts and contributions to various sector and plays a crucial role in the development progress of the Emirate. She added that these women’s leadership helps to accelerate the growth of the nation toward sustainable development.
The Gender Balance Council continues to build a strong relationship with the leading local and international ventures to achieve their objectives under the guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Rashid Maktoum, president of the UAE Gender Balance Council as well as president of the Dubai Women Establishment, and the wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the deputy prime minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs.
Al-Marri added that the council has pitched several projects and initiatives for the progression of women’s leadership. These projects include Global Gender Circle, and the UAE Gender Balance Index to encourage the adoption of gender balance best practices.
She expressed her gratitude for including the gender-balance-related topic in the Dubai International Project Management Forum 2023 – while highlighting the importance of women and commended the UAE’s leadership for encouraging women’s education in the country.
The emirate has now witnessed 56% of UAE graduates in STEM fields being women, which is one of the highest rates in the world and the number of women engineers has been rising, as currently, around 100 women employ in Road and Transportation Authority. She appreciated the country’s strong investment in education that encourage women to employ in both public and private sectors across the country.
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During the 52nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos Switzerland. Mona Al Marri was overwhelmed by the fact that while many other countries were still figuring out to establish childcare initiatives at the workplace, the UAE has been a decade ahead of it as they have established creches in the workplace since 2008 under the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed.
She defined the capability of women to reflect their behavior of development of their children in the workspace. Furthermore, she assures that the model represented by the council finds the ideal balance between women’s women’s involvement as they play an active role in the development of their children.
Amidst all the achievements, the vice president reminded the audience in the form of the role of the media. As they have been an important pillar of the nation. Mona Al Marri appreciated the wonderful contribution of the media for conveying an accurate message and precise image of the UAE’s gender balance achievements.
At this rate, UAE could replenish its workforce with talented and dedicated women who could contribute to the nation much more efficiently. UAE aims to reduce further gender gap across all sectors by 2026 and thus it will help the country to enhance its ranking in the Global charts on gender equality
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