She reported that this achievement acknowledges the ways in which Emirati women have been enabled to excel in the workplace, in social and family life, as educators, and as shapers of an evolving global culture. She also emphasised that this finding represents an important opportunity to work towards a stronger and more equal society for all states in the MENA region.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima recalled that the UAE has been selected to be part of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for a three-year term as of 2013, and noted that this appointment recognises the commitment of the UAE to advancing gender equality and presents an opportunity to contribute to positive discussion and lasting change.

The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue commends the United Arab Emirates on this important and pioneering success, and for their continued efforts to promote gender equality and combat all forms of discrimination against women. We hope to work with the relevant authorities and institutions in the UAE to build on this existing progress, and to consider ways in which the state can remove its reservations to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and introduce legislative reforms to grant women equal rights in marriage, divorce, property relations, child custody, and inheritance.

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