Celebrating Emirati Women's Day
Celebrating Emirati Women's Day
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The UAE celebrates the “Emirati Women’s Day”, which was inaugurated in 2015 by HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

Hawkamah is proud to support the empowerment of women through a variety of initiatives and with a continuous drive to push greater female participation at the board level and senior management level.

Therefore Hawkamah have cooperated in the past with DWE to train and develop women to encourage greater female participation at the board level. Hawkamah is also a partner of the Diversity Council MENA, which nurtures more diversity in leadership of regional boardrooms.

Within its “Director Development Program” Hawkamah trained a number of women on Corporate Governance to ensure their readiness to occupy board seats. Hawkamah is proud of their certified directors and celebrate these Emirati certified directors today:

  • Amna Sultan Al Owais
  • Balqees Al Jaberi
  • Elham Mohamed Al Harmoodi
  • Fahima Al Bastaki
  • Fatma Hussain
  • Hanan Ahmad
  • Hannah Khalid Ali Al Bustani
  • Huda Bugumaid
  • Jehad A. Kazim
  • Maitha Al Falasi
  • Manal Mohammad Basaeed
  • Maryam Al Suwaidi
  • Naama Al Nsour
  • Nada Ishaq Abdulkarim
  • Dr. Nadia Qassim Bastaki
  • Naila Al Mosaawi
  • Nehal Badri
  • Noora Al Shehhi
  • Raja Al Mazrouei
  • Sulafa Al Sayyah
  • Sumaya Al Shaer
  • Thuraya Afeef Al Maskari

Hawkamah’s current research on board practices in the MENA region shows that there is still a long way to go to reach gender equality in the boardrooms in the MENA region.

Initial results of the survey highlight that the percentage of women on ADX and DFM boards is still very small. ADX listed companies having a 4% rate of women occupying board seats whereas while DFM listed companies raised the percentage of female board members to 5%.

Your opinion matters. To participate in our current survey or find out more about our services, please visit www.hawkamah.org


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