The United Arab Emirates and gender equality don’t necessarily go together like peanut butter and jelly. Things get even less tasty when you combine the United Arab Emirates and Gender Equality Awards:
Certificates and medals were awarded by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, in the categories of “best government entity supporting gender balance”, “best federal authority supporting gender balance” and “best gender balance initiative” at a ceremony on Sunday.
I was going to make a joke that they weren’t even trying to fake giving out true awards, but in a society that is dominated strictly by men, the ones fighting for gender equality have to be men, right? It’s sort of a who is the best player on the worst basketball team debate.
The deputy prime minister and minister of the interior, Lt Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed al-Nahyan, was recognised as the “best personality supporting gender balance” for his efforts to implement maternity leave in the UAE’s military.
Wait, that didn’t exist before? Just fight through the pregnancy?
Unbelievable faces made by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. Looks like he’s mid-shit in every photo.