More women are poised to assume key seats in the Federal National Council (FNC).
UAE president Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved plans raising the number of female representatives to 50 percent for the upcoming elections.
The FNC is made up 40 members. Half are elected through an electoral college to a fixed term of four years, while the rulers of each emirate appoint the
other 20. Its tasks include reviewing and amending proposed laws, examining the country’s annual general budget and discussing international treaties and agreements.
Female representation in the FNC has been growing steadily over the past years. In 2011, the 468 candidates included 85 women, while 78 of the 252 candidates during the 2015 election were women.
Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, incumbent and FNC’s first female president, welcomed the directive, saying: “The trendsetting initiatives launched by the UAE leadership to empower women are models to be copied, not only for fair legislations to ensure women’s rights, but also to unleash their potential and double their contributions to the sustainable and comprehensive development drive.”