Gargash hails women’s participation in FNC elections
(Abu Dhabi) – Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC), has said the participation of Emirati women in the 14th and 15th legislative chapters was very positive, as they constitute 22.2 percent and 17.5 percent of these chapters’ strength with nine and seven members, respectively.
He added that the participation of women in the FNC elections is important, as they form half of the society and are capable of discussing many of the issues related to the women sector and other related sectors of society, noting that the political participation of women would cement the foundations of community in line with the state culture and history.
Dr. Gargash stressed that the participation of women in both previous electoral experiences, have made them politically aware, a move that he said would further boost their participation in 2015 elections. He added that the representation of women in the electoral colleges for 2015 reached almost half – 48 percent. “This is more proof that women are equal and real partners with equal access to seats in the FNC, to contribute to decision making, thanks to the directives of the leadership in this respect.”
The minister made the remarks during a lecture organised by the NEC in conjunction with the General Women Union (GWU), held at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.