ABU DHABI, 8th March, 2022 (WAM) — Afra Al Hameli, Deputy Director of Strategic Communications Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), has said that since the founding of the nation 50 years ago, the United Arab Emirates has championed gender parity in all efforts to achieve political, economic and social progress.
In a statement on International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, Al Hameli said, “On International Women’s Day, we honor the remarkable achievements of women in all fields who have supported our development as a global community. In the United Arab Emirates, women are celebrated as leaders. change and progress in society.
“Since the founding of the nation 50 years ago, the United Arab Emirates has championed gender parity in all efforts to achieve political, economic and social progress.
Having stepped up reforms to provide additional legal protections for women and building on 50 years of national efforts to empower women, the UAE is setting a powerful precedent for women’s rights in the region. The UAE ranked first in the Arab world in the UNDP’s 2020 Gender Equality Index and was named the top country for women’s safety in the 2021 Women, Peace and Security Index.
When it comes to the political sector, the UAE is ensuring that women play a central role in driving the country’s progressive and forward-looking approach, both at home and abroad. Emirati women make up 49.5% of MoFAIC employees. This includes female ambassadors in major diplomatic missions, including the United Nations Mission in New York, Egypt, Montenegro, France and Poland.
“With the steady increase in the number of women in key decision-making positions, the Federal National Council and the National Institute for Human Rights are now made up of 50% female representation,” she added.
Women have also excelled as eminent figures in the fields of science and technology and have played a pivotal role in transporting the United Arab Emirates to space. Women made up 80% of the science team for the Emirates Mars mission, which launched the first interplanetary mission led by an Arab country.
The team behind the UAE Astronaut Program, which produced the first UAE astronaut, is 70% female. In addition, 50% of UAE Space Agency employees are women. In particular, 61% of university graduates in scientific fields are women.
“Empowering women begins with the collective responsibility to recognize equal rights to education, because maximizing their potential can only accelerate a nation’s path to advancement. As a home of more than 200 nationalities, the UAE is committed to promoting equal access to education and economic empowerment for women around the world,” Al Hameli noted.
She concluded by saying, “As the UAE moves forward into the next 50 years, gender equality remains a key pillar of the nation as a hub for talent and innovation led by women. When women are at the table, outcomes for economic growth, social development and peace are enhanced. In this spirit, the UAE will continue to work with its international partners to strengthen women’s leadership and ensure that future generations prosper.