Federal Authority for Government Human Resources H.E. Aisha Al-Suwaidi, Fall 2017 / by May Al-Dabbagh

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This semester, we had the honor of hosting H.E. Aisha Al-Suwaidi for a discussion on how public policies are shaped in the UAE. Specifically tailored to the Women and Work in the Gulf course,Al-Suwaidi presented a case study on work/life balance policy initiatives— most notably the recent introduction of extended maternity leave in the country. Through an examination of local statistics and international gender balance reports, Al-Suwaidi painted a more nuanced picture of the public policy process as it relates to gender.