Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Working in the United Arab Emirates

Women are a vital part of our society and important contributors to the general workforce. Employers are fully accountable for their employees and are obliged to comply with ministry regulations. However, it is also the duty of the employees to be aware of their own rights, to raise issues of concern in the workplace without feeling threatened and to promote change for a better work environment.

I generally agree with the more obvious sentiments above expressed by Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of Centre for Corporate Values in the United Arab Emirates. However, if female employees feel threatened in the workplace, I think they may have much less of a duty to raise issues of workplace rights than their employer does to make them feel safe. This is an issue of working women not given full rights granted by law.