The current UAE maternity laws dictate that women working in government sectors are entitled to 90 days leave whereas those working in the public sector are only given 45 - a law that H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, would like to see change.
At the 19th edition of the Naseba Global WIL Economic Forum, the chairwoman of Abu Dhabi's Free Zone Authority dedicated her opening speech to relaying the positive impact of the female workforce.
Commenting that having women in the workplace “not only boosts development, it diversifies national economies and opens a nation up to new ideas and approaches,” Al Kaabi openly compared the current public and private sector policies and encouraged a positive change.
H.E. Noura Al Kaabi with former French President Francois Hollande in 2016
Citing flexibility as the main solution to creating a better working environment, Her Excellency told The National that giving women the choice to extend or cut short their maternity leave would lead to new mothers returning "refreshed" and "ready to work."
We couldn't agree more.