anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies

Tolerance Document for Employees in Education System to denounce Discrimination and Hate.

Discrimination and Hate

"The promotion and observance of human rights without discrimination as to origin, sex, religion or language and denunciation of speeches of violence and hate is a reflection of our tradition, and moral values, and represents an affirmation of the policies and principles of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the field of human rights, which we are very keen to remain among the first countries in the world that protect and strengthen human rights" - His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

President of the United Arab Emirates

"The United Arab Emirates- "The objectives of the Government are to build a kind society ... environment that supports tolerance... strong families... educated generations... Equal economic opportunities for - His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

Tolerance represents one of the original values in the United Arab Emirate community which derives its origins from our Islamic Religion as affirmed in the United Arab Constitution and reflects the obligation of the State of the United Arab Emirates in all international agreements which concentrate on tolerance, co-existence, and denunciation of violence, extremism, and hate.

In accordance with the national program for tolerance in the United Arab Emirates and in order to strengthen the ambitions of our wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates to become a model to be followed in tolerance and denunciation of hate, and a beacon which will contribute in the dissemination of these valuable values in all countries as emphasized by His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai

Accordingly, I the undersigned voluntarily and with full legal capacity and absolute conviction during my work (as an academic/administrative member) in governmental or private educational institutions agree on the followings:

  • The commitment of teaching the educational programs as set by the relevant authorities and preparing the students for it;

  • Respect the United Arab Emirate Constitution and all legislations and rules in force;

  • Abide by the principles and values of tolerance and mercy, and cooperate in my interaction with all those concerned with the educational system from inside or outside, in order to build a cohesive society based on tolerance, peace and positive coexistence;

  • My conducts and interactions shall be governed by non-discrimination with all individuals based on origins, or nationality or convictions or social status, and will seek to promote such moral values within and outside the educational system;

  • Maintain the stability and cohesiveness of the society and shall avoid any words or acts which may threaten the societal peace and security;

  • Making sure that the contents supporting the educational programs are free from any insinuation of discrimination or violence or hate;

  • Affirm that I have received a copy of the law by decree no. 2 for the year 2015 concerning the Suppression of Discrimination and Hate, and have read it, and undertake not to commit any act punishable by this law or to violate any provision of this document.

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Federal Decree Law No. 2 of 2015

Article 1

In applying the provisions of this Decree, the following terms and phrases shall have the meanings assigned against each of them, unless the context requires otherwise:

    • State: The United Arab Emirates State.

    • Religions: The divine religions; Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

    • Places of worship: Mosques, churches and temples.

    • Blasphemy: Means any act of insulting or showing contempt for God, to religions, prophets or messengers, holy books or places of worship according to the provisions of this Decree Law.

    • Discrimination: Any distinction, restriction, exclusion or preference among individuals or groups based on the ground of religion, creed, doctrine, sect, caste, race, colour or ethnic origin.

    • Hate Speech: Any speech or conduct which may incite sedition, prejudicial action or discrimination among individuals or groups.

    • Means: The Internet, telecommunication networks, electronic websites, industrial materials, means or information technology or any other means of audio-visual and print.

    • Means of Expression: Any words, writings, drawings, signals, filming, singing, acting or gesturing.

Article 2

Without prejudice to any other greater penalty specified by any other Law, the penalties referred to in this Decree Law shall be applied to the crimes mentioned therein.

Article 3

No words or action which may incite to commit the crime of blasphemy or defamation of religions contrary to the provisions of the present Decree Law may be debated on the right of freedom and expression.

Article 6

Any person, who commits any act of discrimination of any form by any means of expression or by any other means, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not less than five years, and by a fine not less than five hundred thousand dirhams and not exceeding one million dirhams or either one of these two penalties.

Article 11

Any person who produces, manufactures, promotes, offers for sale or circulates products, goods, publications, recordings, movies, tapes, discs, software, smart applications or information in the field of electronic service or any other industrial materials or other things involving the means of expression, which may incite to commit blasphemy, or provoke discrimination or hate speech, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not exceeding seven years and to a fine of not less than five hundred thousand dirhams and not exceeding two million dirhams.

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Students from GEMS school accompanied by CUD staff recorded a song, celebrating the diversity of Dubai titled ‘You’re Dubai.’

The song was written by Dr. Franziska Apprich, Assistant Professor and Head of Learning Zones and Incubation in CUD, in collaboration her communications students. The recording of the song is a follow up to an initiative in early October when students from the Communications Department worked closely with GEMS students on the subject of bullying. During their classes the GEMS students wrote and recorded lines about anti- bullying.

Speaking on behalf of the GEMS School, Thomas Nelson, Head of Emerald House and Physical Education teacher who originally invited CUD to participate in the anti-bullying campaign said that it was important to encourage students to acquire confidence when discussing issues around bullying in the classroom, making it easier for students to talk about bullying issues when they happen, and also providing a better understanding of why they happen and how people are affected.

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has marked the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with an event to raise awareness of the important global issue.

Speaking at the event were Dr. Louise Lambert, Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Lina Khalife, founder of SheFighter, the first self-defence studio for women in Jordan and the Middle East.

Gathering together both male and female students, faculty and staff, the event sought to reinforce the UN’s message about the incidences and threats surrounding rape, domestic violence, harassment and other forms of violence against women.

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Dubai, March 8, 2016: Dr. Louise Lambert, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Ethics at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) advised people facing sexual harassment in the workplace to ‘speak up’ and report the matter to concerned authorities when they feel the ‘line has been crossed’.

Speaking at a workshop on ‘Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ at the university on the eve of International Women’s Day, Dr. Lambert gave an overview of common examples of sexual harassment, common responses, ways of extricating oneself from a situation and the role of HR in handling such issues.

Focusing mainly on student-faculty cases of sexual harassment, she recommended taking a firm line from the start when contracted with ‘unwanted attention’ by way of emails, looks, phone calls, notes, gestures, touch or presence beyond the necessary.

“It is important to speak up. If a student is inappropriate with faculty, the right approach is to demonstrate who the boss is. If the harassment persists, it should be reported. It is also important to document and keep records of emails and other evidence, as such cases may escalate,” she said.

Dr. Louise also underlined the role of HR in creating an environment in which victims will be heard and believed and the case resolved. This should be backed up by proper policies and complaint mechanisms, code of conduct and awareness programs. In some cases, disciplinary action should be taken to resolve particular cases.

The audience, comprised of faculty and students, raised a number of pertinent issues particularly those prevailing in a university environment and recounted their experiences in facing cases of sexual harassment.

Dr. Louise said sexual harassment at universities was more common than generally admitted. She pointed out that some faculty hesitate to speak up because they want to be nice, don’t want to cause trouble, are not comfortable in being assertive, are troubled by a history of not being believed or are under the mistaken belief that such issues are normal for women.

Speaking on behalf of Canadian University Dubai, Hennie Ferreira, HR Director, assured faculty that the university has systems in place to tackle cases of sexual harassment, for the benefit of faculty as well as students. There is a strict code of conduct and the university is ready to take disciplinary action when a particular situation demands, he added.

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