UAE’s decree of women empowerment, new law ensuring equal pay for men and women from today

UAE's decree of women empowerment, new law ensuring equal pay for men and women from today
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Featured image: His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE; Credits: IMDB

Here’s to the good news, the new law that ensures equal pay for men and women in the private sector of the UAE, has come into effect from today 25 September 2020.

As per a new decree by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, women will be paid as much as men for the same job and wages will be determined by market standards and not gender.

Article 32 of Federal Law No 08 of 1980 regarding the regulation of labour relations will be amended to the effect with the objective of reinforcing gender equality in terms of wages and salaries in the private sector.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation began the efforts for achieving gender equality in terms of wages by implementing a decree on August 25.

The ministry stressed that the new amendments will help strengthen the country’s regional and international status for upholding gender equality.

The new ruling has been hailed by many as a concrete step towards empowering women in the work space.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said,

“new positive step in the process of empowering women in the Emirates.”

He tweeted that the law will help build a modern state that reinforces equality and justice.

Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, said,

“This step will undoubtedly boost the social inclusivity of women, support their role in national development, and advance the UAE’s status on the world’s Gender Equality Index.”

Earlier today, she also tweeted,

The UAE leads the region’s countries in bridging the gender pay gap, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report in 2020. The country also ranks first in the Arab world and 26th globally on the United Nations Development Programme’s 2019 Gender Inequality index.

Women from the private sector welcomed the law as forward-looking and pro-women empowerment.

FNC member Sara Mohammed Falaknaz said the UAE leaders have always been keen on gender equality and parity, she added,

“Women empowerment is among the top priorities for the UAE government. The UAE leaders and Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, have worked relentlessly to ensure that women are equal to men in all aspects. As HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, we don’t empower women, we empower society by women. For the UAE, it is no longer about gender, it is about equality and justice,”

Janet Aly, Australian founder and director of Helping Hands UAE, denoted,

“I think it is a big step forward in ensuring rights f