ABU DHABI / WAM
The Federal National Council (FNC) Parliamentary Division, presented the UAE’s model for empowerment of women and youth in different walks of life.
“The Emirati woman has become a key, active participant along with her male partner in achieving inclusive development in the UAE, enabling the country to occupy advanced ranking in the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Gender-Equality Index,” Mira Sultan Al Suwaidi, member of the FNC Parliamentary Division, told an online event on “Young Women’s Political Participation and Leadership”, jointly organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.
The event was designed to encourage young women’s political participation through understanding their challenges, sharing their experiences and identifying solutions to common challenges.
Al Suwaidi noted that the UAE political leadership has spared no effort to support and empower youth and women and encourage them in various aspects of life, including political and parliamentary life, according to insightful and enlightened visions, which was embodied in the decision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to raise the percentage representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50%.