Draft legislation has just been approved…

The UAE has endorsed a bill which will guarantee equal pay for men and women.

The Law on Equal Wages and Salaries for Men and Women will ensure women have equal opportunities in the UAE’s development, and are empowered to lead future national strategies and ambitious projects, according to state media agency Wam.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE, announced the draft law on Twitter: “There are no exceptions in providing equal opportunities between the sexes,” the ruler of Dubai said.

“Our Constitution ensures equal rights among the sexes and we seek to enforce and guarantee this right through the new law.”

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Last year, the UAE launched a Gender Balance Guide for the workplace, aimed at narrowing the gender gap across the country’s private and public institutions.

Developed with the OECD, the guide covers HR management tools, policy guidelines and performance structures, as well as tips for promoting work-life balance and equal pay and job opportunities.

And in 2015, the UAE Gender Balance Council was formed, a federal entity that works to “enhance the role of women in all fields”.

The UAE aims to be one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021.

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