New equal wage law approved by the UAE cabinet will ensure women are paid equally as their male workmates, contributing to gender equality and equal opportunities.
UAE ranks first in MENA for wage equality
According to the World Economic Forum, UAE ranks first across the MENA region and is positioned at 120 in the global rankings with a score of 0.649, after combining the factors ‘Economic participation and opportunity’, ‘Educational attainment’, ‘health and survival’ and ‘political empowerment’. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum too announced the law on Twitter.
اعتمدنا في مجلس الوزراء مشروع إصدار أول تشريع من نوعه للمساواة في الرواتب والأجور بين الجنسين . بقوة القانون وحكمه لا نريد أي استثناء في توفير فرص متكافئة بين الجنسين . دستورنا ضمن حقوق وواجبات متكافئة بين الجنسين ونسعى لتفصيل وإنفاذ وضمان هذا الحق الدستوري من خلال القانون الجديد
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) April 10, 2018
Equal wage contributes to National Strategy for Empowerment of Emirati Women
Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairman of General Women’s Union(GWU) launched the National Strategy for Empowerment of Emirati Women three years ago, prioritizing women’s achievements, social welfare and developing the spirit of responsibility among women. The Gender Balance Council was established in 2015 too with an aim to make UAE part of the top 25 most gender equal countries by 2021.
The #UAE National Strategy for the empowerment and entrepreneurship of women 2015-2021 was launched to increase women participation in all political, #economic and social fields. – HE Younis Haji Al-Khouri, Undersecretary of MOFUAE #WorldGovSummit
— Ministry of Finance (@MOFUAE) February 12, 2018
West Europe leads the rankings for most gender equal countries
From the rankings by World Economic Forum, Iceland leads the list with a score of 0.878, followed by Norway with a score of 0.830 and Finland placed third with a score of 0.823 while Sweden(0.816), Slovenia(0.805) and Ireland(0.794) are part of the top ten most gender equal countries.
Equal gender pay is now approved by the UAE Cabinet. For more information, go to www.uaecabinet.ae.