UAE Among Top Ten Economies Showing Most Progress Toward Gender Equality
WASHINGTON DC, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 16th Jan, 2020) The United Arab Emirates is among the top ten economies exhibiting the most progress toward gender equality since 2017, a World Bank report has revealed.
The study's findings show that the UAE improved across five of the eight indicators - mobility, workplace, pay, marriage, and parenthood. As a result, the UAE attained the second largest improvement following Saudi Arabia, which saw a change of score totalling 38.8 points.
The report also highlights that the UAE was one of 12 economies that improved the pay indicator towards gender equality, noting that the country removed all job restrictions on women, allowing them to work the same hours and in the same jobs and industries as men.
The United Arab Emirates lifted restrictions on women’s ability to work at night and in jobs deemed dangerous. It also eliminated restrictions on women’s employment in agriculture and in the mining, manufacturing, and energy industries.
The UAE was also one of seven global economies that enacted new legal protections against sexual harassment in employment. Five of the seven economies were from the middle East and North Africa region, each of which "enacted legislation on sexual harassment in the workplace, including redress avenues such as criminal penalties or civil remedies," the report explained.
The World Bank report noted that the regulatory environment for women’s economic participation has improved over the past two years, with 40 economies enacting 62 reforms that will help women realise their potential and contribute to economic growth and development.