The President of the UAE Gender Balance Council noted that women's rights are enshrined in the UAE's constitution
The women of the UAE are fortunate to live in a country that encourages excellence and success, according to Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and the Dubai Women Establishment (DWE).
"Over 47 years, respecting, appreciating and empowering women were rooted in the country’s culture and established by the late father of the nation, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who trusted their abilities and their right to education and work, and realised their key role in building the country,” she said. He gave them his support and prepared them to achieve a balance between their family commitments and professional lives.
“The UAE Constitution also ensures their rights to have an equal footing with men and guarantees equal opportunities," she said on the occasion of the International Women's Day,” she added.
Sheika Manal noted that since the beginning of the UAE, Emirati women have counted on the “unlimited” support of the country’s leadership, a legacy which has extended to this day.
“Due to this support, the UAE is now a leading international model of women’s empowerment, excellence, leadership and gender balance, which is reflected by global competitiveness reports, most notably in the index of countries that respect women,” she said. “It is also a leading country in terms of female literacy, with a rate of 95.8 percent.”
Additionally, Sheikha Manal noted that women represent 70 percent of university graduates in general, as well as 56 percent of graduates in information technology, engineering and mathematics, and now constitute 30 percent of positions in the UAE’s diplomatic corps.