UAE tops the Middle East for women’s economic empowerment

The UAE has topped the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region rankings in the 2021 ‘Women, Business and the Law’ (WBL) report released by the World Bank.

The annual report analyses the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities in 190 countries. It looks at eight areas: Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Assets, and Pension.

This year, the UAE achieved 82.5 points out of a total of 100 points (compared to 56 points scored in the report’s 2020 edition and 29 points in the 2019 edition). The UAE also achieved a full score in five indicators: Movement, Workplace, Wages, Entrepreneurship, and Pension.

These massive strides are the result of new laws and more than 20 legislative reforms focused on enhancing women’s economic participation, said Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council. The reforms include amendments to laws regarding discrimination in the workplace, parental leave, access to credit for business, political participation, as well as protection and social security.

This year, the UAE became the first and only country in the Mena region to offer parental leave. 

Full story at Khaleej Times

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