With today marking International Women’s Day, AdZouk wanted to acknowledge the IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity
Everyone, and I’m including every man, woman and child in this round up – can make a difference in achieving gender parity! Don’t just celebrate this year, actually make a difference – stand up and be counted; make a pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, raise your voice on gender-balanced leadership, talk to your HR and develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own workplace, industry or social circle and commit to taking pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. It is time to close the gender gap!
We came across this brilliant video produced by the UAE Government, it showcases the leaps and bounds the UAE is making in the region!
IWD facts for the UAE:
According to http://www.uae-embassy.org
- The UAE is actually ranked as a leader in gender equality in the region, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Gender Gap report.
- The UAE has four women fighter pilots and has also trained over 30 women to work with the country’s special security forces. In September 2014 the UAE opened the region’s first military college for women, Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School. The state-of-the-art military college will provide world-class training and include physical fitness sessions and development of leadership skills and character.
- Eight women serve in the UAE Cabinet—including Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, who was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
- Women fill two-thirds of all public-sector posts with 30 percent in senior and decision-making positions.
- Nine women hold seats within the Federal National Council (FNC), a consultative parliamentary body, accounting for nearly one-quarter of the FNC’s membership.
- In November 2015, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi became president of the FNC, making her the first woman in the region to lead a national assembly. She previously had made history in 2006 as the first elected female to the FNC and in 2011 was appointed deputy speaker of the FNC.
- In October 2008, the first female judge was sworn in. Four women have been appointed as judges, two as public prosecutors and 17 as assistant public prosecutors and marriage officials.
On that note, why don’t you all take a moment today, and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women! #PledgeForParity