Emirati Women’s Day to be celebrated on Sunday
Emirati Women’s Day is a reoccurring event on August 28 every year. This year it will fall on Sunday, August 28, 2022. This is a national occasion to express pride in the outstanding achievements of Emirati women and their key role as a key partner in developing society and shaping the future.
The theme of this year’s Emirati Women’s Day, ‘Inspiring Reality… Sustainable Future” was announced by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).
The annual event highlights the UAE’s outstanding achievements in women’s empowerment, highlights the need to further develop women’s skills and capabilities, and calls on all national bodies to work together to create a sustainable future for Emirati women.
This year’s event coincides with the adoption of the UAE Gender Balance Council Strategy 2026, which aims to further narrow the gender gap across all sectors, improve the UAE’s ranking in global competitiveness reports on gender equality and achieve gender balance in leadership positions, and promote the UAE’s status as a benchmark for gender balance legislation.
The strategy includes the following four main pillars and objectives: – “Economic Participation, Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion”, which aims to close the economic gender gap by increasing women’s participation, retention and leadership in the economy, as well as increasing women’s financial literacy and presence in the business sector.
– “Well-being” – ensuring gender equality in all physical, mental and preventive health support.
– “Protection” – enhancing social and legal protection and focusing on the safety of all women.
– “International Partnership and Leadership” to strengthen gender balance in the region and globally through consistent action, leadership and partnership building.
The UAE was ranked first in the Arab world in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Gender Gap 2022 report. The UAE has risen four places in the world to rank 68th after ranking 72nd globally in last year’s edition.
Over the past two years, the UAE has adopted new laws and amendments to more than 20 legal articles that relate to work, protection, political participation, personal status, judicial corps, wages, banking, freedom of movement, marriage, entrepreneurship, property and pensions. All these will enhance women’s achievements, guarantee and protect their rights and raise the UAE’s position in competitiveness indicators and global reports.
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