UAE Cabinet Approves New Policies Which Would Empower Emirati Women

The UAE Cabinet approved a new package of national legislative policies and drives that would empower Emirati women.

During a special session, held at the General Women’s Union headquarters, presided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Cabinet passed the empowerment bundle in line with the decrees of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in order to insure that Emirati women become valuable partners in the UAE’s development journey.

The new authorization package is based on three principal axes: Legislation and Policy, Services, and International Representation; which include supporting the progress of Emirati women as active partners in diverse areas, such as local, regional and global arenas.

During the session, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid lauded Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. He pointed that Sheikha Fatima is an inspirational model for all women in the UAE. He added that Sheikh Fatima has continued with the heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, who looked for the empowerment of women as an important element to the country’s growth. Currently, the Emirati sisters are gaining the benefits of Zayed’s heritage.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed asserted that women constitute half of the society; they create the foundation of UAEs renaissance, be it in the field of medicine, education, or engineering. Hence, it is their duty to strengthen women’s dynamic role in the global communities across different sectors as well as in the UAE. For international representation, new policies would guarantee heightened participation of female diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations, such as UN peace-keeping missions.

The Cabinet also admitted to establish a media hub which would supervise and report about the success of UAE women, headed by the UAE Gender Balance Council, in association with concerned national institutions.