FANR's Commitment to Empowering Emirati Women in the Nuclear and Radiological Sector

Oct 10, 2022

"On Emirati Women's Day...we celebrate mothers, sisters, wives and daughters," His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum once said. This year's commemoration, as announced by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, will be held under the theme of "Inspiring Reality..Sustainable Future".

Emirati Women's Day was inaugurated in 2015, and has been  annually commemorated since then, on 28th August. This is in line with the UAE's mission to empower Emirati women in all walks of life, from engineering, to healthcare, to industry, among others. In accordance with this, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has been committed to empowering women in the UAE's nuclear and radiological sectors since its establishment in 2009.  

In line with the UAE's vision for gender balance and the empowerment of women, FANR has encouraged the development of Emirati women in the field of nuclear regulation.  FANR developed and implemented a number of capacity-building programmes to empower Emiratis, especially women to regulate the sector. Emirati women have been successfully demonstrated their capability to regulate the sector in the UAE; and we are proud to have among us Mariam Saeed Al Dhaheri, Mariam Saleh Al Khoori, and Amal Saif Ahmed, the first three Emirati women in Nuclear Law; Huda Al Tamimi, the first Emirati woman to be recognized as an international nuclear non-proliferation inspector, and Dr. Jamila Al Suwaidi, the first Emirati woman to obtain a PhD in the field of nuclear engineering and many more among us.

We are committed to meet the nation's growing energy needs and by having the necessary programmes to empower Emiratis and women in particular to ensure the sustainability of the regulator activities. To date, women comprise 44% of FANR's overall workforce, while holding 43% of leadership positions. Our march towards to the future will continue with the relentless efforts of FANR's Emirati caliber.


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