x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Compulsory board seats for women at UAE firms a 'huge step' forward

Women in the UAE: The UAE Cabinet's decision to make it compulsory for companies and government agencies to appoint women board members is a welcome move, leading businesswomen say.

Lucy Chow welcomed the compulsory appointment of women board members. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Lucy Chow welcomed the compulsory appointment of women board members. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

The UAE Cabinet's decision to make it compulsory for companies and government agencies to appoint women board members is "a huge step in the right direction", according to leading businesswomen across the country.

Lucy Chow, the co-chairwoman of the Dubai chapter of 85 Broads, a global women's network, said she expected the decision would be welcomed by many of the group's members.