Emirates News Agency – Presenting the UAE’s experience in achieving gender balance and supporting youth during an international meeting

Emirates News Agency – Presenting the UAE’s experience in achieving gender balance and supporting youth during an international meeting
Emirates News Agency – Presenting the UAE’s experience in achieving gender balance and supporting youth during an international meeting

ABU DHABI, 28th October / WAM / The Parliamentary Division of the Federal National Council reviewed the experience of the UAE in achieving gender parity and support for youth in various fields, during its participation in the virtual meeting organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union yesterday in cooperation with the International Network for Gender Equality and Parliament Al-Arabi and the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva.

The meeting, which was titled “Empowering Women in the Arab Region: Latest Developments and the Way Forward”, witnessed the participation of representatives from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Arab Parliament, the United Nations and the bodies concerned with women.

The UAE Parliamentary Division was represented by HE Mira Sultan Al Suwaidi, member of the Federal National Council, member of the Parliamentary Division group in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and member of the Women Parliamentarians Office in the Union. Empowering women at all levels first, then striving to achieve gender balance.

Al Suwaidi said, “Since the establishment of the state, the UAE constitution has guaranteed the rights of women, established the principle of equality between them and men in a manner commensurate with their nature, and stipulated their right to education, employment, and access to social and health aid and benefits. We see this in the formation of the UAE federal government, as the government included 9 Women ministers out of a total of 33 ministers, which is one of the highest percentages in the region and the world. Women account for more than 30% of diplomatic representation and contribute more than 50% of the workforce, after their percentage did not exceed 6.2% in the early eighties of the twentieth century, and occupy 66% of public government jobs and 33% of leadership positions.”

She added, “In addition, the state established the Emirates Council for Gender Balance in 2015, which works to reduce the gender gap in work in all sectors of the state, and to achieve balance between them in decision-making positions, which confirms the importance of the role of women in policy-making and not only its implementation. In 2015, the first woman to head parliament in the Arab world was elected, confirming that the decision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him”, to raise the percentage of women’s representation in the Federal National Council to 50% contributed to enhancing women’s political empowerment in a way Remarkably”.

She continued, “I cannot talk about the efforts of the UAE to achieve gender balance without addressing its efforts to support youth, especially women in decision-making positions. The state has taken several measures in this regard, the most important of which are: Appointing a Minister of State for Youth, at the age of 22, to become the youngest minister In the world, the government also issued a mandatory decision to include members of the Emirati youth category in the boards of directors of government agencies, institutions and companies, with at least one member, and those who are not over 30 years old.

She also noted the adoption by the UAE government in February 2020 of the policy of involving young people in the official missions of the federal authorities, which aims to involve young employees whose age group is less than 35 years within the delegations participating in official missions to represent their employers outside the country, and the decision stipulated taking into account Gender balance in choosing to participate in delegations of official missions outside the country.

She explained that at the parliamentary level, the percentage of youth representation in the Federal National Council increased in the seventeenth legislative term, and the percentage of council members under the age of 40 reached 25%, which is a high percentage according to international parliamentary standards.

Her Excellency concluded her intervention by referring to the allocation of a pavilion for women at Expo 2020 Dubai, which was opened at the beginning of this October, with the participation of 192 countries from around the world, which embodies the interest of the leadership and government of the UAE in women, to highlight their important role and shed light on their achievements at the local and global levels. .

The participants in the meeting touched on the efforts made to empower women in various fields, and discussed common challenges and solutions through which they can contribute to establishing partnerships that lead to the empowerment of women in Arab parliaments.

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