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As per the directives of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Cabinet has approved setting up the UAE Gender Balance Council which aims at ensuring greater Emirati women role in all work fields; consequently boosting the UAE's local and international status.

The Council aims to reduce the gap between the two genders at work in all sectors to achieve gender balance in decision-making and strengthen the position of the UAE in the Global Competitiveness reports in the area of the gender gap as well as make the UAE a role model in the gender balance.

The council is chaired by President of the Dubai Women’s Establishment (DWE) Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with the membership of: Director of General Women Union Nora Al Suwaidi, Secretary General of Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood Reem Al Falasi, Executive Director of DWE Mona Al Marri,  Secretary General of Emirates Competitiveness Council Abdullah Nasser Lootah along with representatives from the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Cabinet Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Economy, Social Affairs, Labour and Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

The Council’s formation translates the efforts of the UAE government to strengthen its position both domestically and internationally, and to strengthen the role of women in all levels, augmenting her role as a partner in the making of future to achieve sustainable development in line with the state's directives.

The Council terms of reference include: review of legislation, policies and programmes to achieve the gender balance at the workplace and recommend activating international resolutions and agreements pertaining to gender balance at workplace in order to avoid discrimination against women.