Emi­rati women’s par­lia­men­tary em­pow­er­ment

Gulf News - - Nation -

The UAE has suc­ceeded in em­pow­er­ing Emi­rati women in the par­lia­men­tary field, with 24 of them be­com­ing mem­bers of the Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil (FNC) dur­ing the last three leg­isla­tive chap­ters.

Dr Amal Ab­dul­lah Al Qubaisi is the first Emi­rati woman to be­come Speaker of the Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil, as well as the first to at­tain such a lead­ing po­si­tion in the Arab re­gion and the Mid­dle East.

The FNC mem­ber­ship pe­riod, which is known as a leg­isla­tive chap­ter, be­gins from the date of its first meet­ing and lasts four years.

The FNC’s 14th leg­isla­tive chap­ter in 2006 was the first to see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Emi­rati women, who won nine out of the 40 avail­able seats. Dr Amal was the first woman to win in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

The suc­cesses of Emi­rati women con­tin­ued dur­ing the FNC’s 15th and 16th leg­isla­tive chap­ters in 2011 and 2016. The FNC’s 15th leg­isla­tive chap­ter wit­nessed the ap­point­ment of six women. Shaikha Al Arri was the sec­ond Emi­rati women to be elected to par­lia­ment.

The FNC’s 16th leg­isla­tive chap­ter wit­nessed the ap­point­ment of seven women, and Naema Al Sharhan won the elec­tions to be­come the third Emi­rati woman to ac­quire FNC mem­ber­ship.

There are 40 mem­bers of the FNC, ap­por­tioned among the seven emirates, with eight seats each for Abu Dhabi and Dubai, six seats each for Shar­jah and Ras Al Khaimah and four seats each for Aj­man, Umm Al Quwain and Fu­jairah. Since 2006, half of the 40 FNC mem­bers have been elected to serve four-year terms. The other half of the House com­prises of­fi­cials who have been ap­pointed by the Ruler’s Court of the seven emirates.

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