The UAE’s Minister of State for Advanced Sciences says Emirati women have made significant strides in STEM fields under the country’s leadership.
Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri said that while prejudice remains a significant obstacle for women around the world, this is not the case in the UAE where a real focus is placed on equal opportunities in education, training and employment.
Her Excellency pointed to the Emirates Mars Mission, which is set to arrive at the Red Planet in 2021, as an example of the country’s progressive stance.
HE said: "Around 40% of the team working on the Mars Mission are women, as opposed to missions of other countries where women account for 14%.
“90% of the science team at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre is composed of women."
Al Amiri was speaking during a panel organised by the INSEAD National Alumni Association in the UAE and the Government of Dubai Media Office.
The Leadership Forum provided a platform for sharing diverse ideas on promoting sustainable economic growth and creating a brighter future for the region.
Speakers engaged in a dialogue on vital topics ranging from the economy, society and culture to technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.