Arab League: UAE sets example of women's integration in political systems

Inas Mekkawy praised the UAE's efforts in promoting the role of women


Second to left, Salma al Baloushi, Etihad’s first woman pilot, and Mariam Al Obaidli, technical engineer.

Etihad Aviation Group celebrated Emirati Women’s Day 2017 by organizing a panel under the title: “Emirati Women Partners In Giving – Between the Past and Present”, which featured several successful female Emirati Etihad staff who work across the spectrum of our operations, including engineering, legal, flight and airport operations.

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The UAE is a role model for the integration of women in decision-making process and in government advisory council positions, an Arab League official said.

Inas Mekkawy, director of women, family and childhood department, praised the UAE’s progress in empowering women.

She noted the efforts of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, to promote not just Emirati women but also Arab women's role in society.

Ms Mekkawy comments come ahead of Emirati Women's Day on August 28.

She congratulated the UAE and the Arab world on the occasion, while highlighting the UAE's success in integrating women into the political system whether by encouraging young women to enter diplomatic fields.

Emirati women now occupy 66 per cent of government jobs, including 30 per cent of senior decision-making positions and 15 per cent of specialised academic posts.