UAE President Khalifa Al-Nahyan has appointed the country's first two female judges, as reported on Wednesday by the state news agency WAM.
“This latest appointment reflects the UAE government's stance to ensure that women are empowered in their line of work, playing an integral role in the development and progress of the nation,” UAE’s state-run news agency noted.
Khadija Khamis Al-Malas and Salama Rashid Al-Ketbi have been appointed as an appeals judge and First Instance Court judge, respectively.
“It highlights the achievements made by Emirati women, as well as the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to ensure women have an increased presence and role in the country's federal courts system,” WAM also pointed out.
“The appointment is also part of the initiatives and policies undertaken by the UAE Cabinet to further empower Emirati women in their community, including President Khalifa's decision to increase Emirati women's representation in the Federal National Council, FNC, to 50 percent in the upcoming parliamentary term,” it added.