The UAE Gender Balance Council launched its ‘Global Gender Circle’ initiative during the United Nations’ sixty-first session of the ‘Commission on the Status of Women’ (CSW61).
The Global Gender Circle initiative was launched to reduce the gender gap in women's economic contribution; recommend innovative initiatives to support the global gender agenda and SDG 5; issue and publish white papers on gender policy recommendations; and establish a database of gender experts, by providing a key platform for thought leaders from across the world to develop new ideas and progressive solutions through a series of meetings.
To date, three Global Gender Circles have been organised by the Council:
The first Global Gender Circle, which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates Permanent Mission to the United Nations, brought together gender experts to progress the global conversation about the challenges of gender policy implementation, supporting the exchange of best practices and ideas on innovative gender policies and gender mainstreaming.
During the session, participants identified the most effective gender policy practices being implemented around the globe, how best to ensure that relevant institutions have the resources to effectively implement gender-based policies, and how government entities monitor and supervise the implementation of these policies.
In coordination with the Ministry of Finance, the UAE Gender Balance Council – which is working towards the implementation of gender responsive budgeting on a federal level – held the second Global Gender Circle meeting in Washington D.C.
The meeting was hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and organised to exchange expertise and opinions, and identify the best international standards and practices in implementing gender responsive budgeting, as well as the enabling factors which contribute to its effectiveness and success in narrowing the gender gap.
The session explored various topics, including the findings of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and IMF’s global survey on gender budgeting initiatives, gender budgeting as a public financial management framework in G7 countries, and financing for gender equality and training.
As part of its official visit to Brussels, a delegation from the UAE Gender Balance Council, led by its vice-president Mona Al Merri, held the third meeting of the Global Gender Circle. Hosted by the UAE embassy in Belgium, the meeting brought together gender experts, key civil society stakeholders and policymakers to share insights into best practices for fostering gender balance and advancing women empowerment.