Over the last few decades, the United Arab Emirates, UAE, has been working on promoting women and their rights via education and legislation. UAE became one of the leading countries in the Middle East and North Africa to reduce its gender equality gap. As of 2021, in the UAE, the women’s literacy rate is more than 95%, 50% of the Federal National Council’s members are women, and women hold 33% of all country leadership positions, 66% of government jobs, and there are nine ministers.
Emirati Women’s Day has been observed annually on August 28th since 2015. Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak initiated it and chose August 28th to commemorate the day of the establishment of the UAE’s General Women’s Union in 1978, also by Her Highness.
It is a day to appreciate the achievements of Emirati women, highlighting their contributions to the UAE, and acknowledge their role in shaping the nation in all walks of life, from business and science to sports and art. The day also provides an opportunity to emphasize the importance of women’s empowerment and to highlight the progress that still needs to happen for gender equality.
Every year, Emirati Women’s Day focuses on a different theme that highlights various achievements of Emirati Women. Many events and celebrations are happening, both nationally and locally. Everyone is welcome to celebrate and share the accomplishments of their favorite Emirati woman using #EmiratiWomensDay.
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