UAE Submits Proposal to Support Women Empowerment

  • Publish date: Sunday، 21 November 2021
UAE Submits Proposal to Support Women Empowerment
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The United Arab Emirates has submitted three proposals to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that support the reforms undertaken by IMO regarding the development and improvement of the work system.

The UAE and other member states, prepared a proposal to add a reference to women empowerment in IMO’s strategic direction. This was unanimously approved by the Council. Additionally, the IMO Council decided to establish the International Day for Women in Maritime, to be observed on 18 May every year.

Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said, "The UAE has been at the forefront of empowering women in all fields, especially the maritime sector. It is one of the founders of the International Maritime Organization Communication Network for Gender Equality (IMOGENder). The UAE also contributed to drafting several IMO resolutions to enhance women’s participation in the maritime sector.”

The UAE submitted a proposal to establish IMO regional offices at the Technical Cooperation Committee’s 71st session within the IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme. After discussion, the Committee agreed to refer the proposal to the IMO Council.

IMO Council membership In 2017, the UAE was elected to IMO Council under category B and was re-elected in 2019. The UAE is seeking re-election for the third consecutive time. The election will take place from 6th to 15th December 2021 in London.