UAE’s state-owned utility service provider Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has graduated 25 new female employees from the second batch of the ‘For Her’ initiative.
DEWA had collaborated with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership to launch the program which intends to prepare female leaders in all its areas and specializations.
DEWA MD and CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer addressed the program as part of his firm’s strategy to empower women and provide a positive and encouraging work environment that supports working women and helps them to balance their professional and personal lives.
The DEWA CEO opined that the ‘For Her’ initiative will maintain success, excellence, and effective participation in building the nation and bringing up future generations.
“Our vision is inspired by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance women’s role as part of the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the best country in the world. DEWA is one of the most prominent national organisations that support women in the energy sector, especially renewable and clean energy, and sustainability. DEWA realises the importance of providing all capabilities to empower its female employees to make a positive and sustainable impact. It was one of the pioneering government organisations in Dubai to engage women in decision making. This makes it a role model for public and private organisations inside and outside the UAE. We are proud to graduate the second batch of ‘For Her’ programme. We trust our female employees to effectively preserve these gains and make significant achievements that consolidate DEWA’s global leadership.”
Speaking on the contribution made by women in DEWA, Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources remarked that “DEWA is committed to empowering women in all positions. DEWA currently has 1,948 female employees in all its divisions including 701 employees in the technical and engineering sector. Emirati women comprise 81.6% of DEWA’s total women workforce. Emirati women at the R&D Centre comprise 32% of the staff, including women who have high educational degrees in science and engineering. DEWA’s female employees participate in voluntary work inside and outside the UAE. The number of volunteering hours for DEWA’s female employees exceeded 13,300 hours last year in 40 social and humanitarian initiatives. DEWA’s female employees participate in all conservation and awareness programmes especially those that target women.”
Fatima Al Jokar, Chairperson of DEWA’s Women Committee took the opportunity to thank the DEWA’s top management for its efforts to support the Women’s Committee and help it perform its role to the fullest.