Sunday, 17 November, 2019

UAE ridiculed for handing gender equality awards to men only

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai announced the winners of the 2018 Ge UAE's gender equality awards won entirely by men
Patty Aguilar | 29 January, 2019, 22:35

The United Arab Emirates held their annual gender equality awards as a chance to celebrate the value both genders can bring in the workplace.

It then rather spoilt the effect by giving all the prizes to men.

"Certificates and medals were awarded by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, in the categories of "best government entity supporting gender balance", "best federal authority supporting gender balance" and 'best gender balance initiative" at a ceremony yesterday, the Guardian reported.

The sheikh insisted women were "central to shaping the future of the country".

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) was awarded Best Government Entity Supporting Gender Balance with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, receiving the accolade.

The UAE's Gender Balance Index awards recognise progress made in government departments in meeting female participation goals set by the government.

This will increase the number of women on the UAE council - which expresses opinion about public issues including bills and government budgets, but has no role in forming or dismissing cabinets or ministers - from nine to 20.

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"Wow really nailed the diversity there. One of those dudes was wearing gray", said another.

The UN Human Development Reports on worldwide Gender Development Index (GDI) found that the United Arab Emirates surpasses its fellow Middle Eastern countries in terms of achieving gender balance.

According to the news release put out by the Dubai media office, Maktoum had "recognized the efforts" of one woman - Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - but she did not win an award.

"Great to see Dubai promoting and rewarding the promotion of gender balance, but there is something missing in these photos. can not put my finger on it." posted one on Twitter.

The only problem was, all of the gender balance awards went to men.

Last year, a report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights painted a grim picture of the human-rights situation in the UAE, raising concern over the torture of prisoners, injustice against foreign workers and discrimination of women in the Gulf state.

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