“UAE’s gender journey: from five female graduates a year to 50,000 businesswomen”

“UAE’s gender journey: from five female graduates a year to 50,000 businesswomen”

The National
Gender Dimensions of International Peace and Security

20 Dec 2017

The National writes:

More than 53,000 Emirati businesswomen are registered running an investment worth more than $15 billion.

“The government and leadership never stopped thinking of where to go next,” she said. “We established this council to acknowledge the importance of gender balance in UAE, to strengthen the institutional capacity and to ensure adequate gender-based policies within the UAE economic plan.”

But more needs to be done globally as the phenomenon of women in peace and security has been regressing around the world. Many are said to still believe it is a women’s agenda rather than inclusive of all genders.

But experts hope to attract young people and members of the more traditional security community to discuss vital issues on how to advance gender equality and its impact on international and national security.

“I wish more countries would take the commitment of gender equality as seriously as does the UAE,” said Dr Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, president of Women in International Security.

“Because it is seen as a women’s agenda, for many it is a marginal agenda and not a priority.

“For many states, because it’s a women’s agenda, it’s too often seen as an option so we want to underscore that it’s about gender equality, the importance of understanding gender perspectives, gender dimensions and how these affect international security as well as national security.”

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, which co-hosted the conference along with Abu Dhabi think tank Trends Research and Advisory, hopes the summit will generate specific recommendations.”

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