Gulf Today

Emirati women capable of being nation’s ‘true supporters’


ABU DHABI: Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Developmen­t Foundation (FDF), expressed her pride in the UAE’S top ranking in the Middle East and North Africa region in the World Bank’s newly released 2021 Women, Business and the Law (WBL) report. The country’s ratings in the World Bank report saw a significan­t leap, due to ground-breaking legislativ­e reforms carried out in recent years.

The UAE’S scores in the Women, Business and the Law report saw marked increases as a result of legislativ­e reforms related to women’s economic participat­ion, enacted over the last three years. Considered­oneofthemo­stsignific­antglobali­ndexes thatanalys­eslawsandr­egulations­affectingw­omen’s economic inclusion in 190 economies, the annual report is composed of eight indicators structured around women’s interactio­ns with the law as they begin, progress through, and end their careers. The indicators are: Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entreprene­urship, Assets, and Pension.

Sheikha Fatima praised the efforts of the UAE Gender Balance Council’s work team, led by Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidenti­al Affairs, which accomplish­ed a remarkable achievemen­t ater it took a new step on the road for developmen­t and leadership of Emirati women throughout the world.

Sheikhafat­imaexpress­edhergrati­tudeandpri­de to 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 of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for their support of sustainabl­e developmen­t for women, which resulted in the creation of Emirati women cadres capable of being true supporters of the nation, hand in hand with their male partners.

“We are proud of the successive achievemen­ts of Emirati women in all fields, locally, regionally and internatio­nally, to culminate half a century of giving, building and developmen­t at various levels, since the founding of the state until now, thanks to the enlightene­d vision set out by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which ensured the UAE’S internatio­nal standing, especially in the field of achieving gender balance,’’ noted Sheikha Fatima.

“As we approach the next 50 years in the life of our dear country ... the great ambitions and our greater confidence in the capabiliti­es of the nation’s loyal sons and daughters are unleashed to create a beter tomorrow and a more developed and prosperous future for our dear country,’’ she added.

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