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UAE to double women’s representation in Federal National Council to 50 per cent

The United Arab Emirates has, in a landmark decision, decided to increase the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent from the coming Parliamentary term. The move will enable the UAE women to achieve, what has been achieved by their counterparts globally in decades, in a record time.

Dec 10, 2018 11:00 IST
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has, in a landmark decision, decided to increase the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent from the coming Parliamentary term.

A decree passed by the UAE President has directed the doubling of the current percentage of women's representation in the Federal National Council from 22.5 per cent to 50 per cent in the coming parliamentary term.

Objective

The decision is aimed at achieving full empowerment of the Emirati women and put emphasis on their pioneering and effective role in all vital sectors of UAE.

Key Highlights

The UAE Cabinet had adopted a new package of national legislative policies and initiatives last week to empower the Emirati women and make them partners in the country’s progress.

As per the directives of UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emirati women's representation in the Federal National Council will be doubled from 22.5 per cent to 50 per cent in the coming parliamentary term.

The decision aims to rank the Gulf nation in the top positions worldwide in terms of representation of women in parliament.

The move is a great leap forward in cementing the legislative and parliamentary role of women in UAE’s development.

The move will enable the UAE women to achieve, what has been achieved by their counterparts globally in decades, in a record time.

Federal National Council

The Federal National Council is the consultative council, the parliamentary body of the UAE. The council comprises 40 members with advisory tasks in the house of legislative council. 

Twenty members are elected by the citizens of the UAE through an electoral college, while the remaining twenty are appointed by the rulers of each emirate. The FNC assembly hall is located in the Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE.

The current FNC is the result of the latest elections in 2015. Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi is the Chairperson and the Speaker of the Federal National Council.

Dr. Al Qubaisi was also the first woman elected to the FNC in 2006. Her journey in the FNC represents a historical moment for women's political empowerment in the country.

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