Aurora50

86% growth in 2 years of women on
boards in the UAE

Latest numbers, a look back and a framework for
accelerating female board careers

Five steps to an independent board role

In 2020, women held 3.5 percent of all board positions in the UAE. The next year, the Emirates Securities andCommodities Authority (ESCA) set a quota for all listed companies to put at least one woman on their boards by 2025.Now, women hold 6.7 percent of the 808 UAE listed board seats.

It is solid progress in two years, but how can we accelerate it? What can organisations do to help put more women onboards? And how can women themselves clear the pathway to the board?

Aurora50, a social enterprise working towards gender parity in GCC boardrooms, teamed up with the Mohammed BinRashid School of Government (MBRSG) to interview 16 seasoned regional women board directors.

From our research, we believe there are five steps that will take an aspiring woman through to her first non-executiveboard director appointments in 10-15 years or even less: 1) plan; 2) build;
3) brand; 4) sustain; and 5) give.

In the report:

  • Latest statistics for UAE board seats, plus international and regional data
  • Timeline of UAE progress for women at work and on boards
  • Full five-step checklist for women to get their first independent board directorship
  • What organisations can do to help women get a board seat
  • What supportive men at an executive or board level can do to help women reach the board

Non-executive boardcareers in the UAE:
A decade to the board for aspiring women

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