The representative of the United Arab Emirates begins his speech at a conference organized by Best Diplomats in Turkiye by referencing Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai to emphasize the significance of ensuring the success of women, who make up half of the population.
Malala Yousafzai, a well-known education activist from Pakistan and Nobel laureate, has spent a great deal of time-fighting for women’s rights and gender equality all around the world.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2022 placed the UAE first among Arab nations. The UAE has climbed four positions in a single year, moving up to the 68th position worldwide.
The UAE is among the top nations in the world in terms of the percentage of women in parliament, holding 50% of the seats in the Federal National Council, and in terms of the number of female ministers, with 27.5% of the Cabinet. The UAE boasts a high percentage of women working in skilled positions and future-oriented occupations.
The UAE speaker reaffirms the nation’s invincible commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equality.
The UAE has implemented gender quotas in order to guarantee that women are at least minimally represented in the Federal National Council. Women are now more prevalent in politics because of this quota system, which has given them a stage on which to express their issues and participate in the formulation of policies.
The government of the United Arab Emirates, along with a number of other organizations, provides women with leadership development programs and training to provide them with the abilities and information required for leadership posts.
Women have been appointed to significant government roles, including ministerial and ambassadorial positions, demonstrating the commitment to gender diversity at the highest levels.
Hessa Buhumaid was named Minister of Community Development, one of the highest-ranking female officials in the UAE government. She is in charge of several social and community development initiatives aimed at improving the well-being and standard of living for UAE residents, with a particular focus on families, children, and women.
Sarah Al Amiri has been designated as the Minister of State for Advanced Sciences in the UAE Cabinet. She also serves as the deputy project manager for the internationally acclaimed Emirates Mars Mission, a substantial scientific undertaking. Her contributions to science and technology show how committed the nation is to having women work in cutting-edge disciplines.
The delegate understands that there is still a long way to go toward gender equality, despite the significant advancements achieved in the history of the UAE.
There have been legal improvements to advance women’s rights, but there may yet be potential for more reforms to promote gender equality and safeguard women’s rights in areas like divorce and child custody.
The delegate urges governments, organizations, and other stakeholders to collaborate in order to make gender equality a reality.
In order to highlight the United Arab Emirates and the UN’s common goal of creating a more equal society where every woman and girl has the chance to realize their full potential, the delegate emphasizes this point in her closing remarks.