UAE’s gender balance vision and Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship excelling in the direction
The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security has won the title of being best federal entity to support gender balance, under the vision of UAE Gender Balance Index at the federal level.
UAE Gender Balance Index
His Excellency Ali Muhammad Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, expressed his regards and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for rewarding the Authority for its ranking as the UAE’s best federal entity in supporting gender balance within the UAE Gender Balance Index at the federal level.
He lauded and appreciated Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation “Mother of the Nation”, for being the true inspiration and main support for the journey of the Emirati women, by guiding and sponsoring all institutions to achieve this ambitious program.
His Excellency has affirmed the commitment of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security towards the vision of UAE’s leadership in continuously enhancing the Authority’s working system to achieve the goals and agenda of the federal government.
UAE Gender Balance Council
UAE Gender Balance Council, established in 2015, is a federal entity which is responsible for developing and implementing the agenda of gender balance in the UAE. The Council is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The objectives of the Council include reducing the gender gap across all federal sectors, improve UAE’s ranking in gender equality on international level and achieve gender balance in the positions of gender making capacity. Through these guiding pathways, UAE is constantly achieving gender equality and balance across sectors.
The Gender Balance Guide includes five key areas for action to promote gender equality – commitment and oversight; integration of gender into policies and programs; promoting gender-sensitive engagement of personnel; improving gender balance in leadership; and gender-sensitive interaction.
To further promote gender balance, the authority promoted Extended Maternity Leaves in the UAE in 2016 to enhance the family aspect of women’s life. This initiative is currently led by the UAE Gender Balance Council.
Education and employment form two of the most important pillars of UAE’s “knowledge-based economy”. The gender balance and equal opportunities provide a level playing field for Emirati women and men, leading to happy and satisfied lives of UAE residents and citizens.