Gen­der Bal­ance Coun­cil to launch new leg­is­la­tion

Khaleej Times - - NATION - re­porters@khalee­j­times.com Staff Re­porter

dubai — The UAE Gen­der Bal­ance Coun­cil is cur­rently work­ing on a new leg­is­la­tion to fur­ther strengthen the coun­try’s gen­der bal­ance achieve­ments.

Sheikha Manal bint Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Pres­i­dent of the UAE Gen­der Bal­ance Coun­cil, re­vealed that the coun­cil’s ef­forts are in col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­lated gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties, with a man­date to re­view and pro­pose leg­is­la­tion that sup­ports equal op­por­tu­ni­ties and nar­rows the gen­der gap across all sec­tors.

Knowl­edge-shar­ing

Sheikha Manal high­lighted the Coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to ex­chang­ing knowl­edge and ex­plor­ing the best global prac­tices for gen­der bal­ance. She praised the ef­forts of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion (Mo­faic) and the Min­istry of Fi­nance (MoF), with the lat­ter or­gan­is­ing the coun­cil’s meet­ings with the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment del­e­ga­tion in Dubai.

Strate­gic plan mov­ing for­ward

The UAE Gen­der Bal­ance Coun­cil held its first of­fi­cial meet­ing of 2018, chaired by its vice pres­i­dent Mona Al Marri, at the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

Some of the strate­gic plan’s ini­tia­tives and projects were pro­posed dur­ing the UAE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s an­nual meet­ings in Septem­ber 2017. At the meet­ing, Ab­dul­lah Lootah, mem­ber of the UAE Gen­der Bal­ance Coun­cil and Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of UAE’s Fed­eral Com­pet­i­tive­ness and Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity, spoke about im­prove­ments and con­struc­tive part­ner­ships to ful­fil the fifth goal of the United Na­tions’ Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals 2030, ‘achieve gen­der equal­ity and em­power all women and girls’.

The UAE saw in­creased rank­ing across gen­der bal­ance in­di­ca­tors in many 2017 global re­ports.

It was ranked first world­wide in three in­di­ca­tors, in­clud­ing ‘prop­erty rights be­tween gen­ders’ in the Pros­per­ity In­dex by Le­ga­tum In­sti­tute; ‘lit­er­acy rate’ in the Global Gen­der Gap Re­port by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, and ‘sec­ondary enrolment gen­der gap’ in the Hu­man Cap­i­tal Re­port by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum.

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