Sustainable Development Goal5(SDG5) to achieve gender equality by ending all forms of discrimination, violence and any harmful practices against women and girls in the public and private spheres. It also calls for the full participation of women and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of political and economic decision-making. The overall objective of gender equality is a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all spheres of life.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), gender inequality is a major barrier to human development. The UAE’s compliance with international codes and conventions is a demonstration of the country’s commitment to adhering to best practices in order to guarantee the elements necessary for a decent life to all of its residents, especially women. Based on the Vision 2021, the UAE aims to become one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality. Established in 2015, the UAE Gender Balance Council (GBC) is a federal entity responsible for developing and implementing the gender balance agenda in the UAE. In line with SDG 5, the Council’s objectives are to reduce the gender gap across all government sectors, achieve gender balance in decision-making positions, and promote the UAE’s status as a benchmark for gender balance.

CUD plays an important role in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women with the alignment of the government to achieve a sustainable society in accordance with the 2030 vision. CUD frequently carries out different activities, events and campaigns that seek to give the role of importance that women deserve, in addition to empowering women in all fields of work and in society. Every year CUD actively contributes to SDG5.