Dr. Anwar Gargash: Women have an ideal opportunity to win the 2011 Federal National Council elections

14 September 2011

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairman of the National Elections Committee, stressed that Emirati women have an ideal opportunity to win the 2011 Federal National Council elections, due to their strong presence in the electoral bodies, which represents 46% of the total number of women. voters.

He added in the lecture he delivered at the General Women's Union in Abu Dhabi today: "Emirati women have been able to prove their high efficiency in many positions and positions that they have held during the past years. Union in the Federal National Council, and it is called upon to consolidate its vital and active role in Emirati society by bringing female candidates to the dome of the Council.

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash said: “The march of empowering women in the UAE began many years ago with the direct support of the founding leader, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and this march continued under the shadow of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State – may God preserve him.” God-, and women also benefited from this matter in the various sectors of social and economic work

education and various sectors, for the opportunity is ripe for her to enter the gate of political empowerment from the widest of its doors, and this matter depends on her participation on the election day, September 24, 2011.”

And he continued: "The United Arab Emirates has for many years skipped proposals to empower women or not, as working women represent 59% of the total workforce in the government, and 22.5% of the members of the Federal National Council, and four women occupy the membership of the Council of Ministers, according to a study issued by United Nations, the UAE ranks first in empowering women in the Middle East and North Africa region.

He said: "The UAE continues its development and modernization approach in all fields, including the promotion of political participation and the empowerment of the Federal National Council. And there is no way to rush and burn the stages, because the UAE has achieved achievements on a global level in all aspects, and we must preserve and continue with them.

His Excellency added: "The significant expansion of the electoral bodies is a strong indication of the leadership's commitment to promoting political participation. Voters must support this step and make it a success to confirm their desire to develop the political program in the country. Great participation is the real motive for continuing the empowerment process and building on the steps that have been taken since the year 2005 until today.

During the lecture, His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash reviewed the efforts of the National Elections Committee to prepare for and conduct the elections within the highest standards of transparency and in a way that reflects the great progress and development that has reached the United Arab Emirates.

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