United Arab Emirates

The committee agreed to amend the federal law on judicial authority in order to remove gender specification, which specified ‘males only’ for such positions.
Private health facilities have been banned from conducting prenuptial tests required to finalise marriage procedures, according to a senior official.
The recent introduction of a federal law against trafficking in human beings, and its intention to step up efforts to curb abuse of laborers have sparked a debate on the need to establish a women's shelter in Dubai.
Sharla Musabih's mobile phone hardly stops alerting her with messages from female victims of domestic violence seeking help or refuge in the Dubai-based shelter she runs. Some sound very desperate.
Busloads of UAE national women gathered in Dubai at the weekend, asking the country's human rights organisation to help them regularise the status of their husbands and children who do not have citizenship papers.
UAE women will soon be given the right to end their marriage after petitioning the Sharia Court, paying compensation or returning the dowry to husbands.
Sheikha Lubna al-Qasimi, a member of the Sharjah royal family, is to take on the key job of economics and planning minister.
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