Gender balance

Gender balance is UAE national priority

The UAE leadership continues to uphold gender balance as a national priority.

Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council (UAE GBC) confirmed that the UAE continues to make significant progress and prosperity in various sectors as well as actively contribute to supporting global efforts to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Her Highness said that the UAE GBC has intensified its efforts in recent years and will continue to do so in the coming period in cooperation and partnership with all government institutions to implement the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance the UAE’s global competitiveness and its position among the best countries in terms of gender balance.

Her Highness expressed pride in all the companies that have signed the SDG 5 Commitment, highlighting their willingness to work closely with the government to promote SDG 5 and gender balance in the UAE private sector and the country as a whole. The ‘Commitment to Accelerate Gender Balance in the UAE Private Sector’ aims to increase the proportion of women in senior and middle management positions to 30% by 2025.

On December 15, 18 more local and multinational companies signed the pledge, bringing the total to 56. The signatory companies come from a variety of sectors, including law, healthcare, defence, finance, energy and professional services.

The pledge has four main components: ensuring equal pay and compensation; promoting gender equality in recruitment and promotion; reviewing company policies and programmes to achieve gender balance; and transparency through annual reporting to the UAE Gender Balance Council.

The new group of 18 companies that signed the Commitment did so during an event organised by GBC UAE at the Capital Club at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC),

The companies that signed on 15 December include Emirates Group, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, Kaman, Chalhoub Group, Aramex International LLC, Jacobs, APCO Worldwide, Omnicom Media Group MENA, Kraft Heinz MEA, Crescent Enterprises, Saab, Dentons & Co, Clifford Chance, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, TVM Capital Healthcare, Brunswick Group and Russell Reynolds Associates.

For their part, corporate representatives reaffirmed during the signing ceremony the commitment of their companies and the private sector in general to work closely with the government to improve the gender balance in the UAE.

The pledge is the result of a long partnership between the UAE government and the private sector, and is a direct result of the efforts of the Private Sector Advisory Council on Sustainable Development Goals, in cooperation with the National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, represented by the UAE Gender Balance Council and the Federal Centre for Competitiveness and Statistics.

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