Emirati women and representative representation in the UAE

  • Muna Ali Almulla Alhammadi University of Sharjah - College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences/ United Arab Emirates
  • Ibrahim Tohami, PHD University of Sharjah - College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences/ United Arab Emirates
Keywords: Representative Representation, Federal National Council, Advisory Board, Empowerment, Participation

Abstract

Many international charters, declarations and conventions have focused on the political rights of women on the basis of the principle of equality without discrimination due to origin, sex, language, religion or belief, or between women and men, and this equality includes all political rights that allow individuals both to participate in political participation and in expressing and practicing their right The study aims to clarify the concept of representative representation and the concept of political participation and its importance, and to identify the political participation of women in general, and to clarify the political participation of Emirati women.

The Emirati woman has proven her competence in all the fields she fought to become a minister and deputy speaker of Parliament and represented the UAE externally, and Emirati women in general have proven their competence, distinction and competence in all the responsibilities entrusted to them, and confirmed their outstanding commitment and strong presence in the service of the nation in various fields of national work, Including its involvement in the armed forces, national service, police and security forces.

The importance of this study lies in the fact that it is one of the few studies in this regard, within the limits of the researcher's knowledge, on the topic of political participation among Emirati women, and revealing the role of the wise leadership of the UAE in making the conditions of Emirati women in continuous development, even if this varies from Emirate To another. The social and cultural environment, with its various components of customs, traditions and visions, is an incubating and motivating environment for the emergence of women in the United Arab Emirates and their access to advanced degrees in various social, economic, educational and political activities.

This came to confirm the validity of the hypothesis that Emirati women do not only have a role in participating within the political framework, but also in other social sectors that form an integrated fabric. This is what Emirati women have proven through their assumption of important positions in the country economically, scientifically and culturally.

The researcher has adopted the descriptive and analytical approach through available data from official sources in the United Arab Emirates, in addition to recent statistics issued by government agencies concerned with the participation of women.

The most important results regarding the empowerment of women to participate effectively in the UAE, especially in the Emirate of Sharjah, were the number of women involved in the electoral bodies in the emirate during the years from 2015 to 2019, with the total number of females in electoral bodies (19810), compared to the number of males. Which reached (24948), out of the total number of electoral bodies for both sexes, which amounted to (44758), with a relatively small difference, and this is an indication of equal opportunities and equality between the sexes.

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Published
2021-09-15
How to Cite
Alhammadi, M., & Tohami, I. (2021). Emirati women and representative representation in the UAE. Al-Adab Journal, 1(138), 515-536. https://doi.org/10.31973/aj.v1i138.1174
Section
Sociology