Specific projects for “gender balance” during the past 5 years

Manal bint Mohammed: Launching a gender balance strategy in the UAE soon

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, Chairperson of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance, announced that in the next few days, a strategy for gender balance will be launched in the UAE, which is inspired by From the strategy for the next 50 years directed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, and announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and in line with the directions of the state in the next phase to enhance its competitiveness and consolidate its position as a leading country in various fields.

Her Highness said that the Emirates Council for Gender Balance succeeded in translating its first work strategy for the past five years, and transforming its objectives into tangible achievements, in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, when the Council was established in 2015, to work on bringing the UAE to the top 25 list. A country in the world with the UNDP Gender Equality Index in 2021, as the most important global indicator in this field and making the UAE a global model for balance and a reference for its legislation in the region.

Her Highness said that the UAE, thanks to the unlimited support provided by the leadership and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, was able to achieve this goal ahead of schedule in the Gender Equality Index issued by the United Nations Program Development 2020, where it ranked 18 globally and first in the Arab world, achieving a qualitative leap by an average of 31 global positions in this report within five years, as it was ranked 49 globally in 2015.

The UAE has also made qualitative leaps in its ranking in other global competitiveness indicators, as it ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa for two consecutive years in the World Bank report “Women, Business Activities and the Law 2021 and 2022”, which monitors the efforts of governments around the world regarding the development of laws and legislation aimed at protecting And the economic empowerment of women, within eight axes, achieving a qualitative leap up to 82.5 points in the overall index with a full score (100 points) in five axes: freedom of movement, workplaces, wages, entrepreneurship, and pension.

It achieved first place in the Arab world in the Gender Gap Report 2021 issued by the World Economic Forum, and ranked first in the world in four sub-indicators within this important international report: the parliamentary representation of women, the literacy rate, the gender ratio at birth, and the enrollment rate Girls in primary education.

The UAE topped the world in the indicator of the percentage of female representation in parliament for the years 2020 and 2021 within the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the Institute for Administrative Development in Switzerland, and the Arab countries also topped the representation of women in decision-making positions and leadership and senior positions, according to the latest report on the participation of Arab women in decision-making positions. Issued in July 2021 by the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based non-governmental organization concerned with research and studies.

These achievements come as a continuation of its advancing ranks in many global indicators during the past few years, as the countries of the world topped the index of respect for women within the report of indicators of social development in the countries of the world, issued by the International Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum in 2014, and also achieved the first place Globally in 2017, in gender balance in property rights, according to the Prosperity Index report issued by the London-based Legatum Institute, and first in the world in gender balance in the literacy rate, according to the gender gap report issued by the World Economic Forum, and first in the world in the index The absence of a gender gap in secondary education enrollment under the age of 15, according to the Human Capital Report issued by the World Economic Forum.

Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that these successive achievements of the UAE with global indicators and reports reflect the international appreciation of its global position, and come as confirmation of its forward-looking vision and ambitions for the next 50 years to reach global leadership in various fields, and Her Highness confirmed that behind these The achievements were great efforts and qualitative projects that were implemented by the Emirates Council for Gender Balance with the support of the wise leadership of the country, which placed this file among the priorities of the national agenda. Cooperation and coordination among all state institutions contributed to its achievement, so that gender balance became an institutional culture and daily work approach in these institutions. In addition to the council’s success in building and strengthening fruitful global partnerships with countries and international organizations that have distinguished experiences in gender balance policies, it was keen on exchanging experiences and knowledge with them and launching joint projects that have a tangible impact at the local and global levels, based on the keenness ofThe UAE supports international efforts aimed at consolidating gender balance and enhancing the economic, social and political participation of women and their access to various services on an equal basis with men.

Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum referred to a number of pioneering initiatives and projects launched by the Emirates Council for Gender Balance during the past five years to consolidate the concept of balance and transform it into an institutional culture, including the development and launch of the "Gender Balance Guide: Practical Steps for Institutions in the UAE" The United Arab Emirates”, in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is the first guide of its kind in the world to support gender balance in public and private sector institutions.

And the development and launch of the Gender Balance Index for the UAE, in cooperation with the Prime Minister’s Office in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Council also launched the "Global Balance Circles" initiative, an inspiring platform to promote global dialogue on the best policies that support gender balance at all levels.

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Manal bint Muhammad:

• “(Emirates Gender Balance) succeeded in translating its first work strategy for the past five years and transforming its goals into tangible achievements.”

Emirati women enjoy the support of the country's leadership

Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that as a result of the support that Emirati women enjoy from the leadership of the country, and as a result of their efficiency and responsibility, the percentage of their representation in various sectors and specialized fields such as engineering, space, information technology and banking has increased, in addition to an increase The percentage of her participation in leadership positions and decision-making centers, which is one of the main objectives of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance. The percentage of women’s representation in the Federal National Council has increased to 50% of the number of members by a decision of His Highness the President of the State, may God protect him, and it is one of the highest global percentages. Its representation in the UAE government is about 27.5% of the total number of ministers, which is also one of the highest rates globally and regionally, and women currently represent about 30% of workers in the diplomatic corps in the country, and occupy 24% of the members of the boards of directors of federal government agencies And 19.8% of the board members of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the country.

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