This may sound unlikely at a rewarding ceremony to promote gender equality, but that's exactly what happened in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. Dubai presented awards for awarding the winners of the Gender Equality Index 2018 in three categories, all of which were gathered by men. Support for gender equality is part of an event designed to celebrate initiatives and programs that promote equal opportunities for men and women, according to a government statement. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, for her work on introducing maternity leave for female soldiers in the UAE Armed Forces.
"We are proud of Emir Atti's success and their role is essential to shaping the country's future," reads a tweed from Dubai's official media office
"Gender equality has become a pillar in our governmental institutions. "
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The government of Dubai has not yet responded to CNN's request for comment. individuals.
Ministries were represented by men who received the award on behalf of their team.
In 2016, the Middle East According to the World Bank, the lowest female participation rate in the world's workforce was just under 22%.
However, the picture is brighter in the UAE, where nearly 42% of women work, not far from the world average of 49%. 66% of workers in the public sector are women.