The UAE’s President has decreed that next year 50 per cent of seats in the country’s Federal National Council will be occupied by women.
Emirati women now hold around a quarter of the seats (eight of the total 40), which still exceeds the parliamentary diversity of many other states around the world. In October 2019, when new Federal National Council (FNC) members are appointed, this proportion will increase to 50 per cent – making the UAE’s females amongst the most politically represented around the world.
The FNC is a key incubator for policy and strategy in the country that His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan wants to see become even more representative of our society.
It’s a directive supported by Dubai’s ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE. He tweeted “Women are half of our society: they should be represented as such.”
It is still a remarkable achievement and one that puts the UAE among the top countries in the world for female representation in government, along with the East African country of Rwanada, which has a female majority in parliament.
The move joins other recent pushes by the UAE government to support women in their aspirations to make contributions to the political, financial, social and scientific landscape of Dubai – like creating a Gender Balance Council to take gender quality in the country to world leading.