The UAE has moved up 20 positions since the last issue of the Biennial Women, Peace and Security Report. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Dubai: Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, congratulated the wise leadership of the UAE and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and the ‘Mother of the Nation’, on the UAE’s achievement in ranking first regionally and 24th globally in the Women, Peace and Security Report 2021, issued by Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, in Washington, D.C.

The UAE has moved up 20 positions since the last issue of the Biennial report.

Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “This latest global achievement is the result of the continuous support for gender balance by the wise leadership and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, which builds on the country’s foundation and approach to supporting women for the past 50 years. The ranking is also the result of the legislative work of the UAE Gender Balance Council and its governmental partners on Personal Status, Labour Relations, Domestic Violence, Discrimination and Hatred, Social Security laws.”

She added: “This achievement reflects the priority of the gender balance subject in the vision and directives of our wise leadership, which focuses on enhancing women’s participation. The UAE has always placed great importance in supporting the economic, social and political roles of women as well as their participation in security and peace sectors.”

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On the UAE Gender Balance Council’s efforts, she said: “The Council is keen on being a major player in achieving national visions and goals, through the continuous efforts of its cadres which includes national competencies of men and women in various sectors, by implementing pioneering initiatives and policies to promote equal opportunities between genders and increase representation of women in leadership positions across various sectors.

"The council will soon be announcing its future strategic plan, which was being developed over the past period in cooperation with the Prime Minister’s Office and in coordination with many federal entities. The strategic plan focuses on exploring new horizons that shifts from the stage of bridging the gaps and to reviewing best practices that places the UAE among the global leaders in gender balance and enables it to position itself as a role model in this field.”