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UAE celebrates International Women’s Day as reflection of national ambitions

first_imgThe country’s constitution guarantees equal rights between men and women, which helped the emirates leader in various gender equality indices, supplementing its advances in education and literacy.The UAE acknowledges that women’s participation in decision-making was a key factor in the country’s economic development. In 2012, for instance, the UAE government decided to give more leverage to women in leadership, allowing them to sit in the highest position in every institution.Ever since, around 15 percent of the available seats in government institutions must be allocated to women and 50 percent for the Federal National Council, aligning with Al-Nahyan’s vision to further involve women in developing the country’s vital sectors.“At least nine out of the 32 ministers in the current government are women. In the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry, for instance, almost half of the employees are women,” the statement said.The Gulf state bears the world’s highest percentage of women in the public sector at 66 percent, of which 30 percent are in positions of leadership or related to decision-making.At least 75 percent of the positions in the education and healthcare sectors are filled by women. Two-thirds of the country’s university graduates are women, of which 77 percent studied computer sciences and another 44 percent specializing in engineering – more than twice as many than in Western Europe or the United States.In 2014, the UAE also opened the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School as the first military academy for women in the region.Currently, at least 23,000 women entrepreneurs in the UAE are running projects worth US$13.6 billion. Around 19 percent of the members of the country’s chamber of industry and commerce are women.As such, the UAE has committed to empowering women globally to take on greater roles in entrepreneurship and has contributed at least $50 million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), a collaborative partnership among 14 governments, eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other public and private sector stakeholders hosted by the World Bank Group. Women in the United Arab Emirates joined the international community on Sunday in celebrating International Women’s Day. The Middle Eastern country represents a beacon of hope for the advancement of women’s empowerment in a region, which has been predominantly patriarchal, according to the UAE government.The annual celebration is commemorated every March 8 to acknowledge women’s role and contributions to political, cultural, social and economic development.In a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Sunday, the Emirati government through its missions in Jakarta said the country had taken a strong position in women’s empowerment. “Women have been the key partner of the development in the country and have been playing a vital role in elevating [the capabilities] of UAE’s future generation,” the statement read.UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has taken a clear position to empower women in the country by encouraging them to assume some of the highest positions in various sectors.“Some of the ministerial posts within the Emirati government is being assumed by women. Some are also holding their positions as officials of the Federal National Council,” the UAE government said, adding that women had also maintained a decisive role in the country’s justice system.In 2012, the UAE became the first country in the Arab region to allow women to participate as councillors.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Commerce Secretary: U.S. Economy Will Recover Faster Than in 2008

first_img“People’s attitude really has to change, and I think what will change the attitude is the reality,” he added. “As the coronavirus statistics get better, people will feel better.”Sec. Ross toured a boat facility on the Treasure Coast Friday. He also held a roundtable discussion with business leaders from the state’s fishing and boating community, who told him that they are slowly beginning to bounce back from the financial impact of the pandemic.Afterward, Ross traveled to Indian River State College, where he announced a combined $10 million in grants, $8 million of which will go toward helping businesses that are still recovering from Hurricane Michael. The remaining $2 million will be used to fund a worker training center at the college. In an interview with West Palm Beach television station WPEC, Secretary Ross said he thinks the recovery will take place faster than the one that followed the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.“When 2008-2009 came along, the economy had structural problems,” he explained. “When this coronavirus came along, we had no structural problems. We were zooming, the best economy we’ve ever had.”Ross went on to say that the major factor to reviving the economy is restoring public optimism, which should happen as jobs come back amid a gradual reopening. ⁦@SecretaryRoss⁩ toured Maverick Boat Group’s 127,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, an $11 million facility opened in 2018, to see how the company builds its Cobia and Pathfinder brands. https://t.co/edPaCdtbpS— U.S. Commerce Dept. (@CommerceGov) May 30, 2020 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross believes the nation’s economy will rebound fairly quickly, after the job losses that took place during recent coronavirus closures.last_img read more

Badgers relying on junior tandem

first_imgThe inexperienced University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team framed an inspiring picture for the upcoming fall season after encouraging results at last weekend’s Cincinnati Invitational. Greg Van Emburgh, who enters his second year as Badgers head coach, believes his squad’s competitiveness ranks among the highest in recent UW tennis history.”I think we have a great team this year, it is probably one of the best teams we have had here in a long time,” Van Emburgh said.The coach’s resounding optimism originates principally from two sources: Jeremy Sonkin and Nolan Polley. During the fall season, the talented tandem earned spots in the national preseason Collegiate Tennis Rankings.In singles, Polley ranks No. 74, six spots ahead of Sonkin. Wisconsin has not placed multiple players in the men’s preseason rankings since 2001, a fact which surely strengthens Van Emburgh’s enthusiasm.Nevertheless, Van Emburgh does not wholeheartedly endorse ITA rankings, and he implied Wednesday that Wisconsin might be underrated.”I don’t think the [current] rankings will be a reflection of where the team will be at the end of the year,” he said.Van Emburgh gave no indication as to which player would fill the team’s No. 1 singles spot next spring as both Polley and Sonkin are capable of holding the coveted top position.Polley, last year’s No. 2 singles player, recorded a team-high 30 victories last season. Sonkin’s profile is equally impressive, as he held UW’s No. 1 singles spot and was named an all-Big Ten selection last season.Team injuries are a principal concern for the young coach. Sonkin and Polley each missed this past weekend’s invitational. Sonkin hopes to return to action this Sunday for the All-American Tennis Championships, but Polley’s nagging shoulder injury will force him to miss the team’s next tournament and limit his play during the fall. Despite these setbacks, Polley, Sonkin and the rest of the team practice two hours a day, in a stalwart effort to improve from last year. A large banner hangs prominently at the Nielsen Tennis Center, with boxed-in names of every UW player named to all-Big Ten honors.Jeremy Sonkin believes this team possesses the ability to add at least a couple of names to that banner. “The one thing we were lacking [last year] was the will and the fight to win … but I think we have that this year,” Sonkin said, who credits two newcomers, freshmen Michael Dierberger and Michael Muskievicz, for improving team chemistry.On the contrary, the Badgers’ structural chemistry remains largely unchanged since last year, as Wisconsin lost no one to graduation.Van Emburgh selected his lone senior, Lachezar Kasarov, as team captain for the 2006-07 season. The head coach also recently named Evan Austin, a former player of Van Emburgh’s at Kentucky, the men’s new assistant head coach.”I think he’s going to be one of the top assistants in the country,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s a great guy and [was once a] great player. He’s had wins against [U.S. professional Andy] Roddick and other top players. We are real fortunate to have him here.”The Badgers’ two nationally ranked players, promising pair of freshman, seven returning starters and new assistant head coach gives the team a competitive edge. Van Emburgh has established a new foundation for the men’s tennis program, but perhaps more importantly, as Jeremy Sonkin articulated, he’s trying to instill a strong competitive drive for success.”He wants us to fight and play as hard as we can, It is really a shame to go into matches, with putting as much effort and work as we have into all our practices, to not give everything we have.”last_img read more