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08 February, 2006

Progress for UAE women

A positive day for UAE women today. First, UAE economy minister Sheikha Lubna says more women are expected in the next Cabinet.

Secondly, this RAK wife was finally granted a divorce from her arsewipe husband. Hopefully one day UAE women will be afforded the same divorce rights as UAE men, but until then, verdicts like these are a start (even if she did get no alimony).

And thirdly, an appeal for more compassionate treatment of poorer UAE women, particularly women married to non-nationals:

"They are married to expatriate men, who may be their relatives. By depriving them of their benefits, it shows that there are some people who are against their simple human rights. In the absence of a regular income, such women may do anything to survive."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly I didn't know that they have a female minister in the cabinet.

This is good news and a positive point provided that the new functions are not just to fill in some brand new ministries like Ministry of Woman's Affair.

I think the third part in the original post is really sad. The biggest challenge for UAE and specially Dubai in the future is equating the rights for different nationalities or simply finding a concrete solution for race discrimination. Adapting a development strategy that is heavily dependant on foreign investments demands this equality; let it be for merging into a modern multi-culture society or even sustaining current development trends.

08 February, 2006 02:24  
Anonymous Gijs said...

How does this lack of equality reflect on the large international community in Dubai?

08 February, 2006 03:43  
Anonymous al-republican said...

SD, what do you exactly mean by "equal rights" vis-a-vis divorce?

Could you kindly elaborate on this?

08 February, 2006 09:08  
Anonymous sporadic sd guest (braindribble) said...

in reference to gijs' question:
"How does this lack of equality reflect on the large international community in Dubai?"

Is this even a serious question?...if it is, then you must be one of the people that have the upper hand in racial discrimination and inequality that it is rampant in the UAE.

Most of the people who cry foul are the ones who are on the losing end of the stick...there are only a few of those on the 'winning' end who would say something against it...heck, I guess you can say it's the disgusting part of human nature: selfishness--this is beyond just survival, it just goes to plain greed.

I can understand that the UAE govt wants to take care of its own people. But for some of the companies and individuals to practically 'revere' the lighter-skinned is just appaling...

I don't expect any form of discrimination to die down in my lifetime. But I would hope that societies around the world would recognise the hate that is deeply rooted in discrimination...and acknowledge it is bad and just plain ignorant.

08 February, 2006 10:25  
Anonymous grazer said...

I welcome this kind of equality

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10017287.html

08 February, 2006 12:43  
Blogger sheikha cheryl said...

One thing I agree with is not seeing real change for women's rights in my life time. That won't happen until a woman doesn't have to seek permission for something she wants to do from her father, all her brothers and her husband:

-be it seek an education,
-seek an education abroad,
-hold a job,
-hold a job after she is married,
-marry whom she wishes, etc.

Until that time, a woman will never have anything that resembles rights in this country.

08 February, 2006 15:58  
Anonymous trobriander said...

Is it in anyone’s life time to witness equal justice to all mankind; or the majority of this human race is hopelessly based on mishmash patrilineal lineages?

08 February, 2006 17:25  
Anonymous 1desi said...

Sorry about the blog hijack but there goes the last of Gulf Mews' credibility down the drain...

It appears that the UAE national has become a stranger in his own land. How sad it is to realise that despite being the nationals of a prosperous nation, one has to use social benefits on par with non-UAE citizens who are helped by the UAE's humanitarian aid. Such a feeling makes a poor UAE national frustrated and grief-stricken.

http://www.gulfnews.com/opinion/columns/nation/10017255.html

What the heck does he mean by 'at par w/ expats who get humanitarian aid?' Is this guy and the editing staff gone yahoo? Oh well, one more newspaper to boycott!

08 February, 2006 17:41  
Anonymous trobriander said...

@1desi said...

I think they meant other GCC nationals. They do sometimes get some kind of benefits over here.

08 February, 2006 18:00  
Anonymous 1desi said...

Oh well... silly me - its just an opinion!

08 February, 2006 18:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Errrr...rumour has it that she is out of the new cabinet...

08 February, 2006 19:56  
Anonymous indian joan said...

no way! any reason?

08 February, 2006 22:26  
Anonymous Western Discomfort said...

I've heard that too...but then gaian it probably is just a rumour...

08 February, 2006 22:35  
Anonymous gijs said...

I think you got me 100% wrong. Believe me on my word when I say discrimination is not my thing. I could go into details about this but i feel no need.

What I mean is, how far reaching are the different laws and rights for different nationalities in Dubai? and how is this perceived by all different groups and dealth with?

09 February, 2006 02:18  
Blogger secretdubai said...

What I mean is, how far reaching are the different laws and rights for different nationalities in Dubai?

Excepting UAE nationals, who do have very different rights, all expats are equal under the law here. Discrimination is illegal. The problem is that nothing is really done about it: the newspaper adverts for "Indian lady, 25-35, on husband's visa" continue. And likewise "Indian" and "European" and "expat Arab" salaries.

The only other discrimination made is between muslims and non-muslims: regardless of their own beliefs or practices, or whether they even identify as muslims, anyone perceived to be muslim here (ie by their name) is technically not allowed to purchase alcohol. The only place that this is really enforced is the airport, and even then not always. It may also be that muslims receive harsher penalties for certain crimes (eg adultery) but as that is illegal anyway for everyone regardless of religion, it is hard to say.

and how is this perceived by all different groups and dealth with?

Put up or shut up. It's sadly and wearily accepted: I imagine with justfied resentment and frustration by (lower-paid) Asian expats, and with some guilt and embarrassment by us Europeans.

09 February, 2006 02:52  
Anonymous Emiraty said...

Shekah Lubna did nothing as a Minster, which reflected negatively on women's image, i think.
and, unfortunately, its almost certain that she is out of the new cabinet, which is going to be a female free one , again!

09 February, 2006 04:58  
Blogger Hesham said...

Im glad to see this postitive change happening in the UAE...I really respect Shiekha Lubna and would love to see more women in her calibar in the Government...

09 February, 2006 06:15  
Anonymous eagle said...

and so on & so forth,oh dear!

09 February, 2006 11:12  
Anonymous Desi@Home said...

Errr... 1desi, the clue should come from the section of the paper the article was in. 'Opinion'. And as for boycotting one more newspaper - what does that leave you with then? The Spinneys Christmas newsletter?

09 February, 2006 13:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gijs, there are also job ads that ask for people who are UK/US/Can/Aus/SA educated people. These are a thinly veiled "whites only please".

09 February, 2006 13:39  
Anonymous gijs said...

It happens everywhere, despite laws and regulations. Holland is number one when it comes to regulations and laws, still they find their way.

When writing a job vacancy, you basically ask for more than you really need (10 years experience, drivers license, PhD, etc).

This way they can always find any *legitimate* excuse not to hire someone.

While you can not say "you are too old/black/gay/disabled" you can say "sorry, you don't have the required xx years experience in this or that field"

It's a sad reality.

09 February, 2006 15:53  
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10 February, 2006 20:39  
Anonymous I LOVE Dubai said...

First of all...you are even lucky to get served alcohol in a muslim country...second, every country has its own laws just like every house has its rules..so I find it funny and offensive for a complete stranger to complain about it...
Second...to
Nomad Camels, Things have changed faaaaaaaaaaast here...and women are treated much better, yes there is the odd family here and there...but thats the case in lots of other "not eastern"societies...
So really I think we are doing just fine...and no women are not forced to get married, neither are they banned to work or get and education...
You guys just focus on the negative...negative and only the negative...take off your dark glasses and see the positive change..

11 February, 2006 07:23  
Blogger superwoman vs world said...

Well here is a big negative:
http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/womans-jail-after-rape-at-le-meridien-al-aqah-beach-resort-unfortunate-says-starwood-hotels/story-e6frfq80-1226030219134 No-one should have to live in a country where women are treated like that.

30 March, 2011 05:09  

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