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  • Literacy rate of women in the UAE is 95.8%
  • The UAE has focused on educating both men and women. In 1975, the rate of adult literacy was 54 percent among men and 31 percent among women. Today, literacy rates for both genders are close to 95 percent.
  • At two of the nation’s three federal institutions of higher learning, women comprise between 80 and 90 per cent of the student population.
  • 95% of female high-school graduates pursue further education at tertiary-level institutions, compared with 80 per cent of males
  • Women constitute almost two-thirds of students attending government universities and over half at private tertiary-level institutions
  • 77% of Emirati women enroll in higher education in secondary school and make up 70% of all university graduates
  • Emirati women make up 70% of all university graduates
  • More than 10,000 students of the HCT are women
  • 56% of the UAE’s graduates in STEM courses at government universities are women
  • At the prestigious Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, 60 per cent of Emirati graduate students are female

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  • Today women age 15 and over constitute 46.6% of te labor force.
  • Women make up 66% of the public sector workers, with 30% in leadership roles and 15% in technical and academic roles.
  • UAE women comprise over 40% of all employees in education, at least 35% work in the health sector and approximately 20% in social affairs.
  • About 75 per cent of positions in education and health sectors are occupied by women.
  • At the nine-year-old Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, women constitute 43% of its investors while the city’s Businesswomen’s association boasts 14,000 members.
  • 23,000 Emirati businesswomen run projects worth over AED50 billion, and occupy 15% of the positions in the boards of chambers of commerce and industry nationwide.
  • 15 Emirati women join the country’s first Women’s Firefighting Unit at the Sharjah Civil Defence in February 2018.

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  • Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi is the first woman in the Arab world to be elected as speaker of a national council.
  • The UAE has 9 female ministers (out of 31), making up 29% of ministerial roles, one of the highest in the region
    1. Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy - Cabinet Member, Minister of State for International Cooperation
    2. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi - Cabinet Member, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development
    3. Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid - Cabinet Member, Minister of Community Development
    4. Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi - Cabinet Member, Minister of State for General Education
    5. Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi - Minister of State
    6. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi - Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing
    7. Shamma bint Sohail Faris AlMazrui - Minister of State for Youth Affairs
    8. Maryam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi - Minister of State for Food Security
    9. Sara bint Yousuf Al Amiri - Minister of State for Advanced Sciences
  • In December 2006, the first ever elections for the Federal National Council (FNC) awarded women with the right to vote and run as candidates.

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  • Under the leadership of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the General Women's Union (GWU) has been tirelessly supporting women since its formation in 1975.
  • Dubai Women Establishment, led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the first government entity in the UAE that supports and focuses on women in the workforce.

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  • Women make up 30% of the diplomatic corps, where they occupy 234 positions, 42 working on missions abroad, and 7 being ambassadors, where the first was appointed in 2009.
    1. HE Dr. Hessa Abdullah Al Otaiba , UAE Ambassador to Spain
    2. HE Nabila Al Shamsi , Consul General of the UAE to Hong Kong
    3. HE Hanan Al Alili , UAE Ambassador to Latvia
    4. HE Fatima Khamis Al Mazrouei , UAE Ambassador to Denmark
    5. HE Noora Mohammed Juma, UAE Ambassador to Finland
    6. HE Hafsa Al Ulama, UAE Ambassador to Brazil
    7. HE Lana Nusseibeh, UAE Permanent Representative to the UN

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  • UAE ranks 34 out of 189 countries in the 2018 UNDP Human Development Report
  • UAE ranks 49 in Gender Inequality Index in the 2018 UNDP Human Development Report
  • UAE ranks 1st out of 132 countries in “Women Treated with Respect” indicator in the Social Progress Index 2015 report.
  • 100% of women in the UAE own a mobile cellular telephone in comparison to 99.8% of all men.