Gender Balance Guide
In September 2017, the Gender Balance Council launched the Gender Balance Guide: Actions for UAE Organisations prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The guide recommends actions for organisations to:
- Implement commitment and oversight for gender balance
- Integrate gender into policies and programmes
- Engage personnel towards gender balance
- Implement gender balance in leadership positions
- Implement gender sensitive communication.
Source: Gender Balance Guide
The guide aims to aid in bringing gender balance in the society and achieve the pillar ‘cohesive society and preserved identity’ of Vision 2021. Read the Gender Balance Guide (PDF 120 KB).
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Law on equal wages for women and men
In 2018, the UAE Cabinet approved a law on equal wages and salaries for women and men. The law is in line with the government's objective to ensure the protection of women's rights and support their role in the process of national development.
It is also a part of the strategy for the initiative of empowerment of Emirati Women launched by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Nahyan, the President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.
Article 32 of the UAE labour law already provides that the female worker shall be granted a wage equal to that as the man is earning if she were performing the same work. This way, the UAE strives to empower and promote the social inclusion of all.
Protection for working women
Articles 27 to 34 of the UAE's labour law lay down special provisions for women employees in the private sector. Some of the important provisions are:
- Women may not be employed between 10 pm and 7 am with exceptions in administrative, technical and health services
- Women may not be employed in hazardous or strenuous or physically challenging jobs
- Women are entitled to the same wage that a man would earn for the same job
- Women are entitled to maternity benefits.
Learn about maternity benefits in the private sector.