Dr Shamsa Saleh, CEO of the Dubai Women Establishment and General Coordinator of the UAE Gender
Balance Council, made important revelations about the current status of gender balance, which is tipped in the favour of women. The session, ‘UAE Gender Balance Council: A new reference point’ took place at the 11th Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, which began on October 15th and concluded on October 16th. This session focusses on the importance of her country’s effort to change the dynamics of the workplace that in turn had a greater cumulative impact on society.
Women in the UAE occupy key decision-making positions.
The UAE Gender Balance Council was established earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai is responsible for the development of policies and initiatives which empower Emirati women with opportunities and skills, and enhance their role in the nation’s progress.
Change is setting in the Gulf for gender balance and women’s empowerment at the workplace . The UAE leads the way for women empowerment in the Middle East.
Since its establishment, the UAE Gender Balance Council has introduced several initiatives to inspire organizations to review and address gender balance compliance standards.
This includes the recently launched UAE Gender Balance Index, which is a ranking system to measure gender balance in the workplace in all countries.
The Index has been launched across all government sectors and is set to be rolled out into the public sector over the coming year.
For UAE’s numbers check http://genderindex.org/country/united-arab-emirates
Gender equality in the UAE: Dr Shamsa Saleh’s speech
“Emirati women began entering the workforce over 30 years ago, going from 3.4 per cent in 1975, to 11.7 per cent in 1995. Today, we hold 66 per cent of all public sector jobs and 30 per cent of all decision-making positions within the government sector”
“Emirati women also represent 71 per cent of all graduates and we have more than 1,500 Emirati women in Dubai Police — 93 of whom hold leadership positions”
“I am an Arab woman, but I am also a mother, a wife, a daughter and a very proud sister. Equally so, I am the CEO of DWE and General Coordinator of the UAE Gender Balance Council”
“Gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities, regardless of whether they are a woman or a man. So how are we making a dream for many nations and societies a reality in the UAE? By building forward thinking and strong policies that support this idea.”
Gender quality in the UAE: the first female squadron leader in the UAE air force
Mariam Al Mansouri, an F-16 fighter pilot of the UAE air force, received the Asia Game Changer Award at Asia Society’s Game Changer Awards dinner and celebration at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.
Organizers said Al Mansouri, who is among nine honorees, is a role model for women throughout the Arab world for battling stereotypes, and terror, from the air. Al Mansouri served in the army in other capacities before starting flight training.
As a fully qualified, highly trained, combat-ready pilot and wing leader in the UAE air force, Al Mansouri was an active member of the UAE mission participating in the air strikes being conducted by the global coalition against Daesh in Syria. She received the Mohammad Bin Rashid Pride of the Emirates medal for excellence in her field.
Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN, attended the awards ceremony along with representatives of states, senior UN officials, and members of the diplomatic community at the UN.
She noted that Al Mansouri, the first female squadron leader in the UAE air force, was an example of the role of women in a moderate, tolerant Muslim country like the UAE.