Rooting for gender balance Emirati women set a new precedent in the public sector

Women grab 66% of UAE government jobs

Dubai: UAE is setting a precedent in gender balance and women’s empowerment at the workplace as women now account for more than 66 per cent of jobs in the public sector workforce, said a senior official.

Women in the UAE occupy key decision-making positions, said according to Dr Shamsa Saleh, CEO of the Dubai Women Establishment and General Coordinator of the UAE Gender Balance Council.

Addressing a session of an international women’s forum in Deauville, France, Shamsa made important revelations about the current status of gender balance, which is tipped in the favour of women.

She said: “Emirati women began entering the workforce over 30 years ago, going from 3.4 per cent in 1975, to 11.7 per cent in 1995. Today, we hold 66 per cent of all public sector jobs and 30 per cent of all decision-making positions within the government sector.

“Emirati women also represent 71 per cent of all graduates and we have more than 1,500 Emirati women in Dubai Police — 93 of whom hold leadership positions.”
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Source News: Gulf News