The Cabinet of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the issuance of law on Equal Wages and Salaries for men and women.
The new law will ensure equal pay for men and women working in the country. It will provide women with equal opportunities as partners in the UAE's development
The approval of the law comes in line with the government’s objective to ensure the protection of women's rights and support their role in the national development process.
The law will further empower women to lead future national strategies and ambitious projects.
The law on the gender equality has been welcomed by women at the highest levels of the UAE Government.
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Since past few years, the UAE Government has attempted to narrow the gender gap in the nation through consolidated efforts including the establishment of the UAE Council for Gender Balance in 2015.
The government also launched the world's first Gender Balance Guide in September 2017.
Though studies show that UAE ranks high in the Middle East for 'wage equality for similar work' and women have a substantial presence in the workforce of UAE’s federal government, roughly more than 50 per cent, the country fares far less in global gender rankings.
About Gender Balance Guide
The guide was prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates Gender Balance Council (2017).
The guide lays down a road-map for UAE and its organisations to harness the untapped potential of women.
It provides a list of practical actions that can be taken by UAE organisations in order to achieve gender balance and work towards gender equality.