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UAE launches a new strategy to promote women’s quality of life

The strategy will create a legislative and regulatory framework

UAE launches a new strategy to promote women’s quality of life
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To ensure fair and comprehensive participation of women in all fields and improve the quality of life in society, H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak launched the National Strategy for Empowerment of Emirati Women in the UAE.

This strategy will provide a general framework, reference, and guidance for decision-makers in federal and local government institutions, the private sector, and civil society to promote women’s empowerment and leadership.

“Emirati women have assumed a unique and prestigious position in all sectors of society, and the UAE has become a role model in the field of human development and indicators of global competitiveness, especially indicators of bridging the gender gap, which enabled the UAE, thanks to women empowerment policies, to rank first among Arab countries and 68th globally in global competitiveness indicators in 2022,” said Sheikha Fatima. 

The national strategy has three main goals: establishing interdependent, cohesive, and supportive families to enhance the role of women in society; integration of women in the labor market and future sectors; and developing capacities and enhancing future skills of women.

The main parties implementing the new strategy include the General Women’s Union, in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the General Secretariat of the Cabinet, and the General Secretariat of the Executive Councils in each emirate or their representative.

Supporting partners include all ministries, federal, local, and private agencies, institutions, and relevant civil society organizations.

The relevant institutions will develop operational plans every three years to be approved as part of their strategic plans. The General Women’s Union will also hold periodic meetings with the concerned institutions to follow up, evaluate the progress in implementing the programs, and propose amendments.

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