The Comprehensive Vision of Development

  • 27 October 2013

The UAE has adopted a comprehensive vision for development based on optimal utilization of national resources, mainly its human capital. A great deal of attention has been given to the empowerment of women to make them equal partners with men in achieving the objectives of the Empowerment Stage which was launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2005. It works toward the creation of an environment conducive for the empowerment of citizens and for enhancing the country’s social and political life, its knowledge base and economic production.

According to the Gender Gap Report 2013 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) published recently, the UAE has been ranked first globally in Gender Equality in Education. This shows that the UAE’s strategy is successful in the empowerment of women and in its progress toward achieving full equality with men. Today, women have risen to the posts of cabinet minister, judge, ambassador, and members of the Federal National Council (FNC) and several other distinguished fields of public life in the country. More importantly, there is consensus in the UAE society over their role and contribution to the national progress, which points to the open-mindedness of our society. It also indicates our wise leadership’s belief that education is a means for building indigenous human resources, capable of raising the flag of the UAE high. In fact, the education of women has been on equal footing with the education of men since the formation of the UAE in 1971, as it is in line withwomen’s right in Islam. This was highlighted by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, when he called for the education of women during his meeting last May with Malala Youssefzai, who was a victim of Taliban’s attack last year.

The UAE’s women would not have achieved their present levels of success in various fields — most prominently in education — had it not been for the strenuous efforts and dedication by the Mother of the Nation, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, Chairwoman of the UAE General Women's Union and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, who has set an example of sincere hard work in order to develop the status of women locally, regionally and internationally. Several nations and organizations working toward the empowerment of women are now emulating the successful experiment of the UAE for the development of women, thereby creating the cultural, legislative, economic, social and political framework to reinforce their national role and maximize their positive contribution along side men.