Women in the UAE

The UAE is ranked as a leader in gender equality in the region, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Gender Gap report. This achievement comes from the fundamental belief that women and men are equal partners in society. Through a series of public and private sector initiatives, women are playing an increasingly stronger role in…

Time to Take Action for Women in the United Arab Emirates

“Every woman has our deepest appreciation. Every role a woman takes to contribute to society makes her a partner in building our nation.” So said Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, in an April 2014 twitter posting. Like many other countries,…

Human Rights Watch warns expat women about the UAE

The campaigning organisation Human Rights Watch has highlighted the problems women in the United Arab Emirates can face if they become embroiled in a legal dispute with their husband. HRW accused the authorities in the UAE – home to large numbers of British expats – of “failing to respond adequately to reports of domestic violence”….