Today is International Women’s Day, we take a look at how Emirates is supporting women employees through special initiatives and HR policies
From government laws and initiatives to HR policies in private companies, the UAE has created not only a place where women feel safe, but a space where they can thrive, pursue their passions and pursue their gold.
In some parts of the world, women are still struggling. In fact, a recent report by the World Economic Forum predicted that it would take 115 years for the Middle East and North Africa to close the gender gap: a prediction that is far from the reality in the UAE – The best-performing Arab country in the same index.
For the UAE, women’s empowerment is a priority, a strategy strongly supported by the private sector. Some companies are going even harder to give women workers the benefits and recognition they deserve.
Today on International Women’s Day, we take a look at how government entities and organizations are working to create a desirable and supportive workplace for women:
1. Paid Time Off, Menopause Symptoms
Dubai company TishTash Communications popular recently This comes after announcing that it will provide a substantial amount of additional paid time off to its 48 employees.
Staff are entitled to up to six days of menopause (and menstrual) leave per year, in addition to personal or sick leave. Those undergoing fertility treatment, including those wishing to freeze their eggs, will be given flexible and unrestricted paid time off to allow them to attend medical appointments.
2. baby care leave
Photo courtesy of: Aries Group
UAE-based multinational Aries Group earlier this year introduced a postnatal benefit called “baby care” leave – allowing new mothers to take a year off and work from home for a year.
This is in addition to the menstrual leave policy that was implemented last year.
3. Equal pay for equal work
In the UAE, the government ensures that there is no gender gap in salaries.
Equal pay for equal work is guaranteed in accordance with the law, The country implemented a decree A few years ago, it was stated that women get equal pay for equal work. It added that wages would be determined by market norms rather than gender.
4. Flexible hours
When the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic hit, UAE authorities responded quickly to the needs of working mothers.
At the time, the Federal Government Human Resources Administration Give flexible working hours Mothers working in various ministries and federal entities. The decision was made especially for mothers with children in nurseries after kindergartens were temporarily closed as a precautionary measure.
Under the policy, working mothers may arrive two hours late or leave work two hours early in order to take care of their children.
5. Work from home options
Working from home allows women to balance their dual roles—one as a business individual and the other as a homemaker.
As some schools switch to online learning, Sharjah rolls out an initiative to allow Female government employee working remotely If they have kids taking virtual classes. This benefit remains available until in-person classes resume.
6. Extended maternity leave
If the mother or newborn becomes ill, the employee is eligible for an additional 45 days of unpaid leave after the end of the initial maternity leave after the official sick leave is provided.
7. Free capacity-building workshops
Real estate firm Property Finder has launched a bespoke program aimed at developing the next generation of female leaders in the industry.
The six-month capacity-building program, called SheForShe, will involve mentoring and extensive training. Highly qualified and experienced mentors will guide participants through common industry challenges and changes in this fast-paced environment.