A UAE Women Leadership delegation, chaired by Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, is currently visiting Washington D.C and New York to promote the UAE’s efforts in empowerment of women.
During the official reception ceremony held by the UAE’s Mission to the United Nations, New York, in cooperation with the United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, to honor the UAE Women Leadership delegation, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi has stressed the UAE’s Commitment to empowering women in all sectors within and outside the UAE.
Dr. Al Qubaisi expressed her pride in the notable increase in the number of nations that admit to the responsibility each country holds towards stopping violence against women, protecting them, and providing swift an efficient assistance, and more importantly, pursuing those who cause them harm.
She reiterated that the UAE is committed strongly towards gender equality and women empowerment on both national and international levels, adding that the UAE government now sees a number of high-ranked positions occupied by competent women, politically, financially, academically and culturally, stating as an example four women ministers in the UAE’s cabinet, as well as the percentage of women presence in the UAE Parliament – 18 percent.
The First Deputy speaker added that the UAE is first-ranked in the region in terms of female education, where female students outnumber their male counterparts in schools, and girls make about 70 percent of higher education graduates.
On another note, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi stated that the UAE has finalised the necessary procedures that guarantee female participation in the decision-making positions. The UAE cabinet has issued a resolution that aims to reinforce women’s participation in boards of directors in government companies and associations, making the UAE the first regionally and second internationally in its commitment to including females in the administrative positions.
She expressed her comfort at the way the delegation members ran discussions with the American side, saying that they have successfully reflected the professional and academic level the UAE women Enjoy. Discussions included exchanging opinions and experiences both sides have in common in their respective countries.
Dr. Al Qubaisi praised the attention and unlimited support provided for Emirati women by the leadership, mainly by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council of Motherhood and Childhood, as well as the role played by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder the UAE Union, who was a lifetime supporter of Emirati Women and paved the way for a complete integration in all sectors.
The Emirati delegation included a number of Federal National Council members and ministries, as well as prominent female entrepreneurs.