16 May UAE cabinet gives a go-ahead to the law on salaries
Imagine if there would equal remunerations for men and women; isn’t that what the world has been asking for? The UAE Cabinet has just approved such a law. Yes, it’s true. This ‘law on equal wages and salaries for men and women’ will bring equality in terms of opportunities for women. They can act as partners and would be equally responsible for UAE’s development. Now, women can not only lead big projects, but also national strategies.
The law was first announced on Twitter by His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The law stated that as per Dubai’s constitution, there is no partiality between the genders when it comes to job opportunities and the government realizes that having gender balance has a lot of positive effects on society and the economy as a whole.
Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, who is the Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, praised this move and said that UAE has successfully gained perfect gender balance “in all fields”.
The UAE government has taken many steps to remove the gender gaps and today, it is amongst the leading nations, who prove gender balance. This law supports the government’s primary goal to protect women’s fundamental rights and also give them a chance in the process of national development. It is part of the Strategy for the Empowerment of Emirati Women launched by Sheikha Fatima, who is also the President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. So not only job opportunities, even ideas for a new business set up in Dubai is a good idea for women in UAE.
Empowering women in UAE
- 66% of the public sector workforce is women and out of that 30% are in leadership roles
- 70% of student population (school and university) are females
- 65% of students in higher education are females
- 8 women are a part of the UAE Cabinet
- 8 women are a part of the Federal National Council
- 2nd in Arab world in World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017
- The speaker of the Federal National Council is a lady
- Women’s representation in boards of directors of various companies is a mandate; 2nd country in the world after Norway to impose this
- Gender Balance Guide for the workplace in the UAE is the world’s first of its kind for workplaces
- Among the top 25 countries in the world that aim and ensure women empowerment