Gender Equality in UAE

UAE states are rapidly progressing and have established a credible reputation regarding gender equality and women empowerment on priority basis. It is a well-known fact that only an educated and empowered women can give birth to educated and empowered society. In recent times gender equality has been a major issue with the countries of the world including Muslim countries but time now has changed. Also being an Islamic state it is considered moral and religious of UAE to practice adequate Islamic teaching regarding gender equality. So far UAE has delivered best possible results despite some critical issues. According to Global Gender Gap Report 2014 UAE has near perfect gender equality.The Emirati women are well established and well represented in all echelons of society in 21st century. All their right are protected and backed by the constitution. The appointment of women in elected bodies, provision of education and basic health facilities and proper share in employment opportunities all are practiced perfectly. There are certain aspects which reflect the level of gender equality in UAE, some of which are



Education is basic factor determining the social and economic welfare of society. Like all developed and civilized countries UAE also practices strict rules and regulation regarding education of masses equally including women. Females are enrolled in every sector of education of their choice. The role of the Ruler of UAE is also very vital as he has showed keen personal interest regarding education of women. Higher education for women is also encouraged. Emirati women continue to graduate from universities at higher rate than males. The successful diversification of UAE’s economy would not have be possible without launching education reforms and women have played their vita necessary role in education field in order to play their part in success their country.

Politics and Government


Women also hold notable position in government sector. They are employed according to quota and reserved seats. 4 women hold ministerial position in cabinet whereas 17.5 % women represent elected representative body. Also women are rendering their services in judiciary, as public prosecutors and judges. Government entities like TwoFour54 Media Free Zone, TECOM Business Park and Jebel ALI Free Zone Authority are headed under guidance of women. Women are also working in Law enforcement sector. Overall women constitute 60% work force in public sector which is a remarkable achievement.

Apart from these major issues women have proven their ground in many other fields. They are competing internationally in sports and other unconventional fields.

Health sector has also privileged women in several ways. Many female surgeons and senior doctors are facilitating patients and public.

Women here in UAE are carrying out successful business activities.

However the private sector have neglected the role of women a bit. This might be because of cultural and moral values contradicting with the work environment in private offices.

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