The Dubai Women’s Establishment recommended the establishment of child care centers in government institutions, be included in the standards of ‘leadership’ and ‘human resources’ in the Dubai Government Excellence Programme (DGEP) from 2008.
Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Women’s Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Presidential Affairs, said: “The issue of supporting working women in general and mothers in particular, is our organisation’s priority. We worked with the Dubai Executive Council to obtain this approval, as we were fully confident of government support for Emirati women.
“This is the first step to ensuring working mothers not only enjoy their rights but also participate equally with men in the overall development process. In the next phase, Dubai Women’s Establishment will work with private organisations and companies to provide a supportive environment to encourage working mothers.”
The Dubai Women’s Establishment’s initiative in establishing childcare centers is aimed at creating a positive work environment which supports women, and protecting mothers against any discrimination.
Ahmed bin Byat, Secretary General of the Dubai Executive Council, said: “The move comes at the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. When he unveiled the UAE Federal Strategy, His Highness reiterated the importance of encouraging women to assume leadership positions, and their ability to achieve excellence in all areas.
“The Dubai government has continuously supported women, as it believes all segments of society need to contribute to development. This is particularly true with women, who have proved their determination to succeed if offered the right environment.
“The inclusion of an enabling environment for working women within the criteria of ‘leadership’ and ‘human resources’ in the DGEP would have a distinct impact on women in general. Moreover, establishing child care centers will help working mothers focus more on achieving excellence,” bin Byat added.
DGEP will honour a distinguished government department in Dubai during the awards ceremony this year, recognising its initiative in establishing kindergartens for children of working mothers, and to encourage other government departments to follow suit.
DGEP officials will also highlight the importance of providing adequate facilities for working mothers, and urge government departments to establish day care centres.
The child care facilities will contribute to achieving several key objectives. These include retention of experienced and efficient employees, improving productivity and efficiency among working mothers, reducing absenteeism and delays and improving the image of the society in general.
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