The UAE has long been a leader in the promotion and support of women in the workforce, and this commitment is reflected in the country’s impressive economic growth.
In November 2022, the Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) unveiled its strategic plan for the next five years, which aims to develop new generations of women leaders, improve the quality of life for women in society, and create an enabling work environment for women. These efforts are already paying off, as women make up 50% of the UAE’s parliament and 30% of its cabinet. The country also has a mandatory quota for at least one woman director on the board of all publicly-listed companies.
One of the key ways that the UAE is working to improve the quality of life for women is by creating an enabling work environment. This means providing support and resources for women to succeed in their careers, such as access to education, training, and networking opportunities, and this is already bearing fruit, as more and more women are able to succeed in their careers and reach leadership positions.
The UAE is also supporting women entrepreneurs through initiatives such as Gitex, a platform that brings highly educated women together and helps them present their ideas to a global audience and access the funding they need to thrive. This type of support is crucial for women who are looking to start their own businesses and contribute to the economy.