The UAE Cabinet has approved the issuance of legislation to ensure equal pay for men and women working in the country.

According to state news agency WAM, the Law on Equal Wages and Salaries for Men and Women will ensure that women have equal opportunities as partners in the UAE’s development, and to further empower women to lead future national strategies and ambitious projects.

It added that the UAE Government has been consolidating efforts to narrow the gender gap. In 2015, the UAE Council for Gender Balance was established to position UAE among the leading countries in the world in terms of gender balance.

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The Cabinet’s approval of the new law is in line with the government’s objective to ensure the protection of women's rights and support their role in the national development process, WAM reported.

The law is also part of the Strategy for the Empowerment of Emirati Women launched by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the General Women's Union, president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and supreme chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.