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UAE vows to uproot all forms of discrimination against women

posted on 05/03/2007: 881 views

New York - The United Arab Emirates has vowed to continue its efforts to achieve gender equality in all walks of life and eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.

This commitment was made in a statement delivered Saturday night by Saeed Rashed Alhebsi, Acting Charge d'Affaires of the UAE Permanent Mission to the United Nations, before the Commission on the Status of Women Fifty-first session Alhebsi said that over the past 35 years, the UAE Government has devoted special attention to the advancement of women, due to its firm belief in the equality between women and men in rights and duties, and in the woman's role as an effective partner in the national development process.

This, he added, was reflected in the national and constitutional legislations governing various areas such as work, social security, ownership, equalization of opportunities in all fields, and enjoyment of all educational, health and social care services.

"The UAE continued, under its wise leadership, to make efforts towards the achievement of gender equality in all areas of work, and elimination of all forms of discrimination against women," reiterated Alhebsi. He went on to say that such efforts have yielded in realizing noticeable gains for women in the areas of education, health, and work where the percentage of girls enrolled in higher education has amounted to 77%, and the numbers of women with Masters and PHD degrees continued to increase.

As a result, women currently represent 22.4% of the total labour force in all areas of work in the UAE, where 66% of the government jobs are held by women, 30% of which are decision-making posts, according to the statement read by Alhebsi.

He said UAE women were further given the opportunity last month to run for the elections of the Federal National Council, the highest legislative and supervisory authority in the country, where they gained 9 out of the 40 seats of the Council.

"Sustained efforts were also made by the UAE Government towards promoting a culture of equality and justice in all government institutions, particularly in schools and media, and for removing the social and physiological barriers to the complete involvement of women in the various employment sectors and specializations." The statement noted that UAE women have achieved yet more and unprecedented gains over the past three years with the appointment of two of them as ministers for economy and social affairs. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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