Percentage of UAE women in nuclear industry highest in the world: Official

ABU DHABI, -- Emirati women make up for 20 percent of the workforce in the UAE's nuclear energy industry, the highest rate globally in the nuclear energy sector, a senior official at the Nawah Energy Company, a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, said on Monday.

"This strong presence of women in the nuclear sector reflects the high status they have achieved, thanks to the continuous support rendered by the country's wise leadership as well as the country's keen interest in promoting their essential role in sustainable development," Hasna Yousuf Al Blooshi, director for nuclear performance improvement at Nawah, said in a statement to Emirates News Agency, WAM, on the sidelines of the 24th Women in Nuclear, WiN, Annual Global Conference.

The event began today under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, President of the General Women's Union and Chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council.

Held for the first time in the Middle East, the conference has been organised by ENEC to celebrate women's role in the nuclear industry and inspire them to take part in all segments under the industry, including energy and healthcare.

Al Blooshi thanked Sheikha Fatima for supporting the global event that reflects the UAE's leading role in globally establishing a peaceful nuclear industry. Women are essential in this drive for diversity and currently make up over 20 percent of our workforce, she added.

Sheikha Fatima also supports women working in all other sectors, the official noted.

The UAE created ENEC as part of its efforts to diversify its energy mix, and is building four nuclear reactors at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant to deliver safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy to the country's grid by 2020, Al Blooshi said.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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