The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) marked the Emirati Women's Day, which falls on the 28th of August every year, by organizing a ceremony that was attended by HE Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Director General of the Authority, a number of sector and department directors and employees.
At the outset, Dr. Abdurrahman Al Awar, noted that the UAE has achieved impressive progress globally in terms of gender balance, and made great strides in empowering Emirati women in all fields to become an active and strategic partner in achieving sustainable development.
He added: "The wise leadership of the UAE has been paying great attention to women's cause and endeavoring to enable them to be effectively involved in all aspects of political, economic and social life.
“This move has started and been further enhanced since the era of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may Allah have mercy upon him. Emirati women continued to receive utmost care and support by our wise leadership, represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces”.
HE pointed out that the priority given by the State to empowering women comes from a deep belief in the importance of their significant role in consolidating our Union and preserving its gains as an integral part of the sustainable development the country has been witnessing.
“HR legislation applied in the UAE’s Federal Government grants working women several benefits, taking into account their special conditions, to ensure a balance between work and family responsibilities, in addition to many advantages. Working women enjoy several privileges, including participation in conferences and meetings outside the country, and HR regulations in the Federal Government prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender in promotion, leadership and remuneration”, HE noted.
He explained that the Authority has been taking into account the needs of women working in the Federal Government, and ways to empower them professionally through strong HR regulations, legislation and policies. Many initiatives were launched internally and at the Federal Government level , to ensure women’s empowerment, he said.
The Director-General revealed that female employees working in the Federal Government make up 52% of the total national employees, and that national women’s share in leadership jobs is 45% of total jobs occupied by national workforce.
HE added: “The percentage of national female employees employed in the Federal Government during the first half of 2019, reached 71% of the total national recruitment, while national women received 67% of the total promotions of national employees during the same period.
“In addition, 19,153 of Emirati women working in the Federal Government have obtained higher qualifications.”