Who rules the world! Women! Well, maybe we are not there yet, but we are way closer than we were years ago.
The UAE has appointed 8 female ministers in its cabinet. This was announced by the Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum in a series of tweets.
This is exciting as UAE has always being known to be conservative and not so open to women being in public positions. This new additions means women now make make up about one-third of the Emirati cabinet.
Another thrilling milestone is the fact that one of them is 22 years-old Shamma al-Mazroui who was appointed Minister of State for youths. She will also lead the UAE Youth National Council. Al Mazrui graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and has a master’s in public policy from the University of Oxford.
The female ministers also include Lubna al-Qassimi as State Minister for Tolerance, Noura al-Kaabi, as Minister of State for the Federal National Council, or parliament, Jamila al-Muhairi, as Minister of State for Education, and Najla al-Awar as Minister of Community Development.
We look forward to when more young women would be given positions of authority in Nigeria. Only last year in Nigeria there was in an uproar as a northern Governor attempted to make a man the minister of women affairs. (read here)