No gender gap in the UAE, men and women are equal, says minister

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No gender gap in the UAE, men and women are equal, says minister

Abu Dhabi - "Nothing should hold you back from applying or taking on any job in government, private sector or anywhere, however big the position might be as long as you have the required qualifications," she told female students.

By Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Wed 8 Mar 2017, 2:53 PM

Last updated: Thu 9 Mar 2017, 2:16 PM

There is no gender gap in the UAE, and women are equal to men in all spheres, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, the Minister of Federal National Council Affairs, said.

Speaking to aspiring Emirati diplomats at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Al Kaabi said UAE women are ideally placed to work anywhere and in any field, and nothing should hold them back.

"Nothing should hold you back from applying or taking on any job in government, private sector or anywhere, however big the position might be as long as you have the required qualifications," she told female students.

"What matters is the way you package and present yourself, your skills, self confidence and passion to work in a competitive environment. All employers including government departments want competent people who can produce good results."

Al Kaabi, who is also the Chairwoman of the Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi (MZA) and twofour54 was giving a lecture on: "Be bold for Change", which was intended to mark the celebration of 'UN International Women's Day', a global event to highlight the political, economic, social and cultural achievements of women.

She said the UAE government has empowered women and that they have the right to work anywhere.

"Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said nothing makes him happier than seeing UAE women employed in all fields, be it science and technology, construction, education, politics or business," said Al Kaabi.

"It's about serving your country no matter what your gender is. Nothing should limit you."

The minister noted that education for women is equally important as is for men and that it was good Emirati female students have shown great interest in education as 95 percent of UAE women who complete high school join colleges and universities.

Al Kaabi also told the female aspiring diplomats about the importance of spreading the values and culture of the UAE while working in different countries through networking, meeting and mingling with people.

"Be present whenever you are or at the job, be focused and don't get destructed. The mentality of work progression is also important because it makes you work hard for a promotion ob better position," she said.

She also said to students that team work is vital on every job and it's never a one person's show.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com


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