The Emirates Gender Balance Council organized a workshop to discuss the development of the future strategy of the Council, so that it contributes to a qualitative shift in the file of gender balance in the country, and to reach it to the internationally advanced ranks, a translation of the vision and directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the State The Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The holding of this workshop comes within the framework of the directives 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, to the Council’s work team working with strategic partners to develop A new strategic plan, drawing inspiration from the next fifty-year plan in the country, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which aims to make the Emirates the best countries in the world in all fields by 2071.

Looking for new horizons

Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “The next strategic plan will focus on exploring new horizons, moving us from the stage of bridging gaps and learning about best practices, to the state’s position as a source of best gender balance practices, and focus on the global post-competitive phase Her Highness, noting that work is currently being completed on a package of balance legislations, in cooperation with the relevant authorities in light of the assignments of the Council of Ministers, which would raise the rank of the state with international indicators and reports during the next stage, praising Her Highness for the concerted efforts of all state institutions currently to achieve the near-term goals , By elevating the country’s rank in international reports and indicators.

Her Highness expressed her thanks and pride in the support and care provided by the wise leadership for the file of gender balance, through pioneering initiatives, legislation and policies that strengthened its concept, until it became an institutional work culture in government agencies at the federal and local levels, and this remarkable progress resulted in the UAE arranging competitiveness indicators and international reports. .

The workshop was attended by Mona Ghanem Al-Marri, Vice-President of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance, and Council members: Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Women's Union, and Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Awar, Director General of the Federal Authority for Human Resources Government, Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade and Industry, Al-Reem Abdullah Al-Falasi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and a share of deceased, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Community Development for the Social Development Sector, and Hoda Al-Hashemi, Assistant Director-General for Strategy and Innovation in the Presidency Office Cabinet of the Ministry of Cabinet and Future Affairs, Abdullah Hamdan Al-Naqbi, Director of the Legal Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Shamsa Saleh, Secretary-General of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance, in addition to representatives of a number of relevant ministries and federal agencies.

Sharing insights and ideas

Mona Al-Marri said: “The aim of the workshop is to exchange visions and ideas between members of the Council and those with experience in ministries and federal agencies, regarding the components of the new strategy in terms of vision and goals. The fact that gender balance is an original approach since the establishment of the state, and a major component in the national agenda and the future vision of our wise leadership as a main pillar of social cohesion and sustainable growth. During the workshop, the most prominent achievements of the Council during the past five years were reviewed in the fields of legislation, initiatives, indicators that it worked on and strategic partnerships that it succeeded in building with local and international bodies, through joint cooperation agreements, periodic meetings and mutual visits, which contributed to enhancing the gender balance In all sectors of the country, and raise the rank of the UAE with indicators of global competitiveness.

The council’s vision and goals in its new phase were also discussed, and presented the basics of developing the strategy, including economic, social and technological, and the context of work and the various fields that will be focused on, and the extent of the impact of the Corona crisis (Covid-19) on gender balance on The short and long term, and the implications for them, especially on women, and the views of some ministries and government agencies, which the Council was keen to visit in the past period, were exchanged to exchange views with them on the main issues of the strategy. Al-Marri added that "a measurement framework will be designed for the results of the main performance indicators for gender balance at the national level, developing the road map of the strategy, including implementation mechanisms with the main partners, in addition to developing a system of gender data analysis in all regions and expanding the scope of the strategy."

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