What The World Can Learn From Powerful Women of the UAE


In a recent global conference organized by the Abu Dhabi-based World Muslim Communities Council (WMCC) and the Nepal Muslim Women Welfare Society (NMWWS), Shama Al Daheri spoke on the role of women in the United Arab Emirates. Daheri, director of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, stated that Emirati women have been given numerous opportunities to empower themselves and advance themselves through their femininity. Much of the blame fell upon the “wise” leadership of the UAE, and Daheri boasted about the fact that women in the country are encouraged to take on high positions of government. Women currently represent about two-thirds of government employees and ministers in the UAE. However, these statistics doesn’t come close to combatting the gender gap that exists internationally.

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Discussion Question

Who are some powerful women you look up to?


Action Item

Research women in other countries that have sought to empower the women around them, yet live in a society that restricts their own rights.

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