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Video: UAE's women empowerment goal - Emirati Women's Day

UAE government to empower its women in the recent years to support the its vision to become one of the world's top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021

Abaya clad and sporting the trendiest outfit, nurturing the family and multi-tasking at work, planning and executing revolutionary ideas and just sharing their inspirational tales, you will find these wonderful women strutting their stuff in the streets of the UAE and today is the day we acknowledge it.

Be it an Olympic weightlifting champion, a top educator, a generous social worker, a chief registrar at DIFC, a businesswoman, or someone making a mark in the global fashion industry – these women are forces to reckon with.

In order to celebrate this, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, in 2015 decided that August 28th every year will be celebrated as the Emirati Women’s Day to coincide with the birth of the General Women’s Union.

Women’s role in business, military, government, and various other industries are increasingly becoming indispensable.

Today, we look at the efforts made by the UAE government to empower its women in the recent years to support the its vision to become one of the world's top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021.

The UAE had the highest number of women on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen in 2017 with 19 Emirati women on the list.

Women business-owners account for 10% of the total private sector in the UAE.

  • 23,000 Emirati businesswomen run projects worth over AED50 billion, and occupy 15% of the positions in the boards of chambers of commerce and industry nationwide.
  • The UAE counts 9 women ministers among its government, and Emirati women currently hold 66 per cent of government jobs.
  • 8 women hold seats on the Federal National Council and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa announced that after the 2019 elections, women will comprise half of the FNC.
  • In March 2019, two female judges were appointed to the Federal Judiciary for the first time.
  • It isn’t just within the country, but the UAE has pledged to provide its support to women world over.
  • It has donated over $26 million to UN Women since its founding in 2010. In November 2017, the UAE pledged $50 million to the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative fund.

(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)