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UAE guarantees constitutional rights of woman: UNDP expert

posted on 09/03/2010: 879 views



Since its inception, the UAE leadership has been conscious about the role the woman can play as a key and equal partner to man in the nation-building and that her empowerment is one of the most important factors of success of development strategy, a UN expert said today.

Mr. Elballa Hagona, acting UNDP Resident Representative in the UAE, told the '12th Global Businesswomen '&' Leaders Summit - WOIBEX 2010' at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, that engagement of woman at the leadership and decision-making levels is a continuation of the empowerment drive led by HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union, since 1975.

He said the UAE has passed a set of legislations that guarantee constitutional rights of woman and her equality with man in different fields including the equality in rights and duties, ownership, employment, social security, business, education, and health care.

He indicated that woman is accounting for 22.4 per cent of the manpower in the country and occupying 66 per cent of workforce in the public sector with 30 per cent of them in the senior leadership and decision-making positions.

Annually held on International Women's Day, WOIBEX witnessed the coming together of global businesswomen, women leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs to set trends, exercise influence, create changes and make a difference. Sponsored by Women Farmers Advancement Network - WOFAN, this year's event also provided a global platform and valuable business advice and leadership empowerment for the businesswomen and women professionals to devise innovative strategies that can make a huge difference to women's involvement in today's competitive global markets.

WOIBEX conferences were founded in 1999 to address issues relevant to today's woman. It is held on March 8th every year to commemorate the International Women's Day (IWD). WOIBEX provides an environment conducive to the exchange of views, discussion, healthy argument and face-to-face networking amongst women leaders of the region. The forum has earned a reputation for pioneering the advancement of women in business and technology and has become known for its roster of high profile speakers.

Organised by Datamatix, this gathering commemorates one century of remarkable contributions of extraordinary women who revolutionised the global society as a whole.

Successfully organised in the past several years; the summit intends to raise awareness among women professionals on the importance of updated finance and management skills and information to effectively run their business and professional careers. Woibex continues paving the way to connect exemplary women achievers with their peers from around the world to share best practices on strategic leadership, economic empowerment and sustainable development The forum discussed a number of issues including future challenges and opportunities for women leaders, tips for women on how to start their own business, positioning the young women leaders in transforming economic growth, and the empowerment of Middle Eastern women business-owners in the field of global business. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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