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UAE Pres­i­dent Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has di­rected that the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women at the coun­try’s Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil (FNC) be in­creased to 50 per cent.

The de­cree, an­nounced in De­cem­ber, will be en­forced for the 40-mem­ber ad­vi­sory coun­cil’s com­ing term.

State news agency WAM said it “re­flects the coun­try’s fu­ture ap­proach aimed at achiev­ing full em­pow­er­ment of Emi­rati women and em­pha­sises their pi­o­neer­ing and ef­fec­tive role in all vi­tal sec­tors of the UAE”.

Un­der the plans, the cur­rent per­cent­age of women’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the FNC will be in­creased from 22.5 per cent to 50 per cent, with the aim of plac­ing the UAE among the top coun­tries world­wide in terms of rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in par­lia­ment.

This will mean the emi­rates achieves in record time what has taken its global coun­ter­parts decades to ac­com­plish, WAM said.

“This his­toric step is a first in the Arab world and it cul­mi­nates in the full em­pow­er­ment of UAE women,” said FNC speaker Amal Ab­dul­lah Al Qubaisi.

The FNC’s cur­rent struc­ture sees half of its mem­bers elected for a fouryear term while the rulers of the seven emi­rates ap­point the re­main­der.

A week prior to the an­nounce­ment, the UAE Cab­i­net also ap­proved a se­ries of poli­cies to in­crease fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the ju­di­ciary, diplo­matic and busi­ness sec­tors.

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