UAE as model for women's empowerment: Minister

ABU DHABI, 28th August, 2016 (WAM) — Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, stressed on Sunday that the UAE has become a model for women’s empowerment in various sectors including the judicial authority.

In a statement on the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day, observed on 28th August every year, he said there are Emirati women working in public prosecution and administrative jobs, thanks to the initiatives and efforts of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

Today, Emirati women account for 66 per cent of government jobs and 30 per cent of leading positions in the decision-making circles, including in the Ministry of Justice, he said.

At the ministry, women occupy more than 40 per cent of administrative jobs and 30 per cent of oversight jobs, he added.

On the occasion, the minister greeted the UAE leaders, namely, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Member and Rulers of the Emirates.

He noted that they have adopted women’s empowerment as a national priority.