UAE to address gender balance at World Government Summit 2023

Exploring opportunities to advance women’s participation in government
UAE to address gender balance at World Government Summit 2023
From last year's Gender Balance Forum at WGS (Photo Credit: Dubai Media Office)

Under the patronage of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of the Dubai Women Establishment, and the wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, the Gender Balance Forum and the Women in Government Forum will be held at the World Government Summit (WGS), set to take place in Dubai from 13-15 February.

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The two Forums will bring together thought leaders from across the region and the world to discuss new opportunities to advance gender balance and the participation of women in government. Both events will feature a rich dialogue between global leaders, public and private sector officials, and representatives of international organizations with expertise in developing gender policies.

Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the two Forums have been designed to foster a rich sharing of perspectives on enhancing gender balance and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 related to gender balance and the empowerment of girls and women. Sheikha Manal said the UAE is a global frontrunner in adopting and achieving the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which were announced at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and incorporated into its strategic plans.

The President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and President of Dubai Women Establishment, further said the WGS provides the ideal global platform for sharing gender balance success stories from across the world and exploring new pathways to enhance the role of women in various sectors.

The UAE ranks 11th in the world and first in the Arab world in the Gender Inequality Index (GII) issued by the United Nations Development Program. It also ranks first in the Middle East and North Africa region in the Women, Business and the Law report issued by the World Bank and the Global Gender Gap Report issued by the World Economic Forum.

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