The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has formed a Women’s Council, which will oversee strategies, policies and plans relating to the development and leadership of Emirati women at the organisation.
The council will propose ideas and present initiatives to help Emirati women achieve their goals; will investigate and find solutions to issues and challenges Emirati women face in the workplace; and will empower Emirati women to become models of leadership across all fields. The Women’s Council will additionally work to enhance the role of Emirati women in society; will enable Emirati women to represent DCT Abu Dhabi through its work across all public and private institutions, events and activities in the emirate; and will prepare plans to harness the potential of Emirati women and invest it in achieving leadership in decision-making, learning and growth, in line with global developments.
Enthusing on the initiative was acting undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, Saood Al Hosani: “DCT Abu Dhabi is committed to ensuring a supportive and equitable workplace for all its employees, and in line with wider Abu Dhabi and UAE government directives has been implementing policies and initiatives to ensure that our staff are able to learn, grow and perform to the best of their abilities.”
“In acknowledgment of the fact that female employees may sometimes face different issues than their male counterparts, we intend for the Women’s Council to play an active role in advocating for this valued portion of our workforce. I look forward to witnessing the great work I am sure it will do,” Al Hosani added.
Meanwhile, executive director, strategy and planning, DCT Abu Dhabi, Nawal Al Hassani declared: “Women comprise 69.9 per cent of the DCT Abu Dhabi workforce, and we have a responsibility to ensure that their professional needs are being met. For any organisation to optimise output and efficiency, it cannot overlook the wellbeing of it employees. It is crucial that all staff feel empowered and valued, and are given clear opportunities for development and paths for progression. The DCT Abu Dhabi Women’s Council will ensure this is the case for our female colleagues, allowing them to further thrive.”