Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 July 2019

Mothers should be supported for better work-life balance

Our readers have their say about motherhood, Sheikh Mohamed's visit to Germany, and delivery riders

Mothers rarely get the support they need in our societies. Getty Image
Mothers rarely get the support they need in our societies. Getty Image

I write to you in reference to Shelina Janmohamed’s article Putting a price on a mother’s love can land you in hot water (June 13).

I think it is a good idea to put a price on mother’s contributions to society as this shows just how much free work we have to do.

I have four children between the ages of six and two and I am a full time working mother. During pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery, I have been confronted with a cruel reality.

There are no rules in place to support working and non-working ­mothers. ­Worldwide, the laws on ­motherhood are mandated

by men who have no idea what we go through and what our needs are.

As the cost of living increases, wives are expected to pitch in and become full-time mothers and employees. This has made it even harder for mothers, as family responsibilities are not equally divided between ­parents, leaving us to take

care of children most of the time.

This is stressful for Arab mothers, as the paradigm in our culture has yet to shift. Gender stereotypes are still prevalent.

But the issue is not circumscribed to the Arab world, as mothers have yet to receive the level of support they need even in developed nations.

I would like to thank Ms Janmohamed for her opinion piece which, I hope, will open a conversation about this issue.

Hana Alawi, UAE

UAE-Germany relations set an example for multilateralism

I write to you in reference to your editorial Two titans set the tone for multilateralism (June 13).

For decades the UAE and ­Germany have had very good relations and Sheikh ­Mohamed’s visit to ­Berlin, where he met up with ­German chancellor ­Angela Merkel will further boost their partnership.

Both leaders demonstrated the need for increased global co-operation.

I hope Sheikh Mohamed’s latest visit will further enhance this fruitful relationship ­between two brotherly nations.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Delivery riders left with no protection from summer heat

I write to you in reference to Patrick Ryan’s article Midday break: Dubai delivery riders feel the heat as temperatures rise (June 15).

I urge everyone to stop ­ordering food between 12 and 3pm during the summer days. This is the least we can do

to save riders from the ­scorching heat.

Vinod Thersenath, Dubai

Bike deliveries should be banned at midday during the summer days.

Perhaps employers could promote car deliveries during that time of year. That would be a sensible and far more human option.

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

Updated: June 15, 2019 07:35 PM

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