Women, Business and the Law

Women, Business and the Law 2023 report released

The World Bank has released its annual Women, Business and the Law 2023 report, ranking the UAE as the leading country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The UAE received a full score on five of the report’s eight key indicators, including mobility, workplace, pay, entrepreneurship and pensions.

The Women, Business and the Law 2023 report, which covers 190 countries, indicates that the UAE scored 82.5 out of a possible 100 on 35 sub-indicators, divided into eight key areas of the report: Mobility, Workplace, Wages, Marriage, Parenting, Entrepreneurship, Assets and Pension.

It should be noted that the UAE is a regional and global leader in introducing legislation and regulations that support women’s rights and their role in the workplace. The country’s commitment dates back to 2012, when the UAE Cabinet decided on the presence of women on the boards of government organisations, making the UAE the first country in the region and the second in the world to enact such mandatory legislation.

In 2015, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid announced the establishment of the UAE Gender Balance Council, a federal body tasked with developing and implementing a gender balance programme in the UAE. The objectives of the Council are to reduce the gender gap in all government sectors and achieve gender balance in senior positions, as well as to promote the UAE’s status as a benchmark for gender balance legislation.

The UAE GBC has collaborated with various federal structures, resulting in the introduction and reform of over 20 pieces of legislation related to employee benefits, equal access to credit, political participation, personal status, judicial system, wages, freedom of movement, marriage, entrepreneurship, assets and pensions. These reforms aim to increase women’s participation in economic life and protect their rights.

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