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16 March 2019 07:57 am

Qatar has made significant progress in gender equality

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Qatar stressed Friday that the country has made significant progress in terms of gender equality, empowering all women and girls as well as working towards gender equality and the realisation and empowerment of women's human rights through all elements of the sustainable development agenda.

This came in the speech given by Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs Ghanem Mubarak Al Kuwari during the dialogue held as part of the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Al Kuwari said that gender equality is one of the main goals of sustainable development. He added that the State of Qatar adopted a clear policy of empowering women in all arenas, something that was referenced as part of Qatar National Vision 2030. He also said that the State of Qatar has made great progress in that regard, highlighting the announcement of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani that the State of Qatar pledges to provide high-quality education to one million girls by 2021, in support of the Charlevoix declaration of the G7 summit of June 2017.

He noted that Qatar, and based on constitutional foundations of promoting gender equality, provided access to education for women, as well as access to health services, employment opportunities, as well as participation in various fields of work in addition to political participation.

He pointed out that these efforts resulted in an improvement in the status of women in labour, health, education and training market indicators. He also pointed out that Qatar is ranked first among Arab countries in the quality of health services and fifth overall.

He highlighted that Qatar had worked to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women by giving priority to development programs and initiatives to promote the economic and social empowerment of women and to promote and empower the family. He said that Qatar has taken great strides towards achieving these goals, especially in the field of universal education and health care and improving the standard of living of the individual. This was reflected in Qatar's position on the international human development report of 2016 issued by the United Nations Development Program. The country was top among Arab countries and 32nd in the world.

In concluding his remarks, Al Kuwari pointed out that Qatar is ranked 25th in the world and ranked second among the Arab countries in the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018. (QNA)