Gender Balance Index winners receive their awards

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum awarded the winners of the Gender Balance Index for the Federal Government for 2022 in its fourth edition, which includes three categories: ‘Best Figure to Support Gender Balance’, ‘Best Federal Structure to Support Gender Balance’ and ‘Best Initiative to Support Gender Balance’.

His Highness expressed pride in the achievements of Emirati women in various sectors, their positive impact on development over the past fifty years and their role in realising their ambitious plans to become the best country in the world in all fields.

His Highness commended the efforts of the UAE Gender Balance Council, headed by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, in instilling a culture of gender balance in institutional work through effective initiatives that include the implementation of the Gender Balance Index.

The first category is awarded to personalities who support gender balance and have played an influential role in achieving gender balance and providing equal opportunities for men and women by positively contributing to the UAE’s gender balance profile and global competitiveness reports in the region and globally.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak was selected for this category in light of her efforts and influential role in supporting women over the past fifty years, especially in bridging the education gap and ensuring the UAE ranks first in the world in this regard, as well as Her Highness’ role in empowering Emirati women economically.

The second category is awarded to the best federal government structure that maintains gender balance, and this category score is linked to the government’s national performance, which is based on three pillars: decision-making, education and expertise, and creating a more attractive working environment characterised by flexible working hours, work from home, workplace daycare and other initiatives, legislation and policies.

The Ministry of Culture and Youth (at ministry level) and the Federal Office for Persons, Citizenship, Customs and Ports (at entity level) won in this category, receiving the Mark on the basis of surveys and the practical steps and actions taken by each of them in this area.

The third category, dedicated to the best initiative in support of gender balance, awards best practices, projects, policies and legislation that support gender balance. The Ministry of Community Development won the Best Initiative Award for the Al-Sanaa Initiative – development project that supports productive Emirati families and determined individuals to achieve economic and social stability through innovative technical and marketing micro-enterprise programmes.

Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, said that the performance of the organisations participating in the Gender Balance Index at the federal government level was assessed according to a measurement system and approved standards and was developed based on international best practices. Her Excellency added that the Index sought to raise the status of women and their participation in various development areas and encouraged coordination among government agencies to achieve the desired gender balance goals.

Her Excellency added that the dex was one of the initiatives that the UAE Gender Balance Council worked on in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office to strengthen the concept of gender balance and embed it in institutional work, as this national indicator is an important incentive for public and private sectors to implement supportive policies and initiatives.

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