Manal hails achievements of Emirati women

Nine of the UAE’s ministers are women and 20 per cent of the Federal National Council’s members are women

Dubai: Shaikha Manal Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairwoman of the Gender Balance Council, president of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, on Monday expressed her pride in the achievements of Emirati women in all sectors.

In a statement on the eve of Emirati Women’s Day, Shaikha Manal said that since the 70s, the UAE leadership provided comprehensive education for all. She pointed out that the UAE currently has the highest literacy rate among women at 95.8 per cent, and that 70 per cent of university students are female, while 56 per cent of IT, engineering and mathematics graduates from public universities are women.

Shaikha Manal said that Emirati women have proven their worth in the workplace, representing 46.6 per cent of workers in the job market. She noted that of 66 per cent of Emirati women cadres working in governmental bodies, 30 per cent have leadership positions while 15 per cent work in specialised and academic positions.

Shaikha Manal noted that women also operate in the police and military, representing 30 of the workforce. She also pointed out that nine of the UAE’s ministers are women, and that 20 per cent of the Federal National Council’s members are women.

She said that Emirati women have succeeded in managing and establishing projects, and are currently occupying more leadership roles in the public sectors by proving their worth in qualitative fields such as energy, space, aviation and judiciary.

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