HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has attended RTA’s celebration of the International Women’s Day, corresponding to March 8 each year, in a show of recognition to the leading role and effective participation of women in driving the development process.
At the start of the ceremony, which took place at the Al Wasl Auditorium in the presence of several CEOs and female staffs of RTA, Al Tayer delivered a speech. He congratulated Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (Mother of the UAE). He also congratulated women in RTA adding that the celebration of the International Women’s Day offered an opportunity to spotlight the achievements of women at social, political and economic levels.
“ The woman in the UAE is privileged by an unremitting patronage & support of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. They are also supported by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and their highnesses Members of the Supreme Council Rulers of the Emirates.
Our wise leadership has been cementing the role of UAE women in building the nation & the community for years and accorded every attention to leveraging the abilities of women and empowering them to practice an active role in the renaissance of the UAE.
“In line with the directives of our leadership, RTA has been very supportive of women and grooming them to take up key leading positions to enable them to contribute, side by side their male counterparts, in the successful drive of RTA. The Authority employs more than 700 women, who account for 21% of its total workforce. Emirati women currently fill about 13% of the leading positions and 17% of specialist jobs.
“RTA is keen on nurturing an environment conducive to the employment of women. In the early days, a Women Committee was established to promote the role of working women in the RTA and the community.
The Committee held courses and seminars for women in various fields, offered support to them in providing the right environment for their success, and leveraged social, cultural and sports female activities. The RTA has also established a nursery dedicated the children of RTA female employees as well as a Gym fitted with various equipment to encourage women to practice sport,” explained Al Tayer. More info