Vice President of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance, Mona Ghanem Al-Murri, confirmed that the Council has achieved several achievements during the year 2019, with the testimony of distinguished international institutions, expected that the UAE will achieve more progress in this file in the new year, with the launching of initiatives that the Council is working on, in cooperation with Government agencies concerned with this file.
This came during the fourth periodic meeting of 2019, which was held by the Council at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in "Emirates Towers" in Dubai. During the meeting, he reviewed the achievements of the last quarter of last year, and the initiatives that the Council intends to launch during 2020, to enhance the country's achievements with indicators of global competitiveness issued recently by international organizations, and strive to continue its progress with these indicators, in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that the UAE be among the world's leading countries in gender balance.
Mona Al-Marri conveyed to the members of the Council the greetings of the wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance, and Her Highness's satisfaction with the achievements of the Council in 2019, which were achieved The result of our leadership's support for the gender balance file, through initiatives, legislation and policies that promote women's social, economic and political empowerment, and the establishment of an equal opportunity approach at all levels in various sectors.
Members of the Council blessed the country's achievements during the recent period with reports and indicators of global competitiveness concerned with gender balance, including its solutions in the Arab world in bridging the gender gap, and gender equality in the gender gap report 2020 issued by the World Economic Forum, as well as first in the Arab world, And 26 globally, in the 2019 gender equality report issued by the United Nations Development Program, advanced 23 global centers within four years of the establishment of the Emirates Gender Balance Council.
Mona Al-Murri expected that the country will achieve more progress in this global report in the new year, with the launch of more government initiatives and policies, and the continued implementation of balance legislation that the Council is working on, in cooperation with the relevant government agencies mandated by the Council of Ministers, to translate the leadership’s vision of the UAE as a model Imitated globally in the field of gender balance, and in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to work for the UAE to reach the list of the best 25 countries in the world with the UNDP index in 2021.
She touched on the initiatives that the Council intends to launch during 2020, as part of its new business strategy, in response to the goals and aspirations of the "Year of Preparation for the Fifty Years".
Mona Al-Marri said: “The last quarter of 2019 witnessed intensified cooperation and partnership with international institutions, to exchange visions, ideas and experiences, and to introduce the Emirati experience in supporting women, and to promote joint action to achieve more progress in the field of gender balance.”
Vice-President of the Council:
"The leadership's vision is for the Emirates to be a global model in the field of gender balance."