Emirati Women’s Day
HE Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment: Emirati women continue to play a very important part in shaping the progress of the UAE.
HE Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, said: “Today, as we celebrate Emirati Women’s Day, we seek to recognise the contributions that women have made to the nation. The role women play in the progress of a country is indelible, given that they are an integral part of its human capital, as ensured by our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Emirati women continue to play a very important part in shaping the progress of the UAE. Their role in the development process had prompted the country’s wise leadership to issue a series of legislations and initiatives last December to further advance women’s empowerment, support their emerging projects and strengthen their role in the social, economic and political sectors.”
“The percentage of women working in the government sector is at 66 percent, of which 30 percent are in leadership positions, while there are about 23,000 women business owners in the UAE who manage businesses worth AED 50 billion.” BinKaram added.
BinKaram praised the efforts of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and commended the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of NAMA and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, to promote women’s empowerment and enhance gender equity.
BinKaram explained that NAMA played a vital role in enhancing women’s contribution to the economy and supporting them in their career paths, while providing equal opportunities for women to thrive locally and globally. She highlighted NAMA’s successful efforts in launching the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) in collaboration with UN Women in 2017, and is organising the second edition set to take place this year, which will contribute to furthering the women’s economic empowerment dimensions of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).