Women in Government Forum to highlight women’s role in promoting development

DUBAI– The ‘Women in Government Forum’ to be held during the seventh edition of the World Government Summit taking place from 10-12 February in Dubai is set to discuss a number of topics related to the involvement of women in the public sector and their success in leading international organisations.

Due to be held on the second day of the Summit, the Forum will also shed light on the role of women in the development of societies across the world through their effective participation in the decision-making process.

Maryam Al Hammadi, Assistant Director General for Government Performance at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, highlighted the progress the UAE has made in this regard thanks to the vision and support of its wise leadership. The empowerment of women, she said, is visible across various sectors, especially in government.

“The UAE has become a regional model for the empowerment of women. Indexes show the advancement of the status of women in employment, respect for women, gender equality, education and literacy rates,” Al Hammadi said.

The UAE has nine women ministers or 29.5% of the cabinet, which is the highest percentage in the region. Women also make up 30% of the workforce in the diplomatic corps in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, one of the highest ratios in the world. On the federal level, women constitute 17% of boards of federal government entities, 46% of the general workforce, 66% of the workforce at government institutions (30% of whom hold leading positions), and 15% in academia.

Underlining the importance of advancing the role of women in politics, Al Hammadi said: “The UAE leadership encourages women to take higher leadership roles in the government. This is highlighted by the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to increase the percentage of women in the Federal National Council to 50% in the 2019 elections, giving Emirati women one of the highest percentages of parliamentary representation in the world.”

The first panel session at the ‘Women in Government Forum’ will shed light on the experience of women in leading international organisations, such as the United Nations, and their unique legacy. The session will feature Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences; HE Espy Campbell Barr, First Vice President of Costa Rica; and Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

The second session at the ‘Women in Government Forum’ will focus on expanding the partnership between the public and private sectors for a better future. Participants include Maria del Pilar Garrido Gonzalo, Minister of Planning and Economic Policy in Costa Rica; Arancha Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre; Tamara Perko, the President of the Management Board at Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Chiara Corazza, CEO of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society.

The third session will highlight the value that women add while holding executive roles in government, the opportunities in this area, and the accomplishments women have achieved in this regard. Participating in this session will be Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing; Maria Manuel Leitao Marques, Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Modernisation in Portugal; and Gleam Davis, the Mayor of Santa Monica � USA.

The fourth session at the ‘Women in Government Forum’ will look at women’s role in advancing social development. Participants include HE Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, UAE Minister of Community Development; Mitcy Larue, Minister of Family Affairs � Seychelles; and Bintou Chabi Adam Taro, Minister of Social Affairs and Microfinance � Benin.

Source: Emirates News Agency