Below is my third video from a very fun and interesting interview with Dr Nawal Al Hosany, director of sustainability at Masdar and director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. This one focuses around gender issues, and I think it comes with many surprises for those of us from the West.
Several Middle Eastern countries are known for having very different gender roles than in the West. In particular, women's rights and sociopolitical equality are things that many of us in the West see as "behind the times" and, to put it bluntly, bad. Spending a bit of time in the UAE, though, you can come to discover ways in which that assumption is actually opposite from reality.
For example, women outnumber men in STEM in the UAE, and there is a pointed effort underway aiming to get more men involved in these very important fields. This comes as very surprising to just about anyone from the West, as we have a long ongoing challenge of bringing more women into STEM in order to have more gender balance in these high-profile, high-paying sectors. There are several other interesting points made regarding gender issues in the UAE in the video interview below. I encourage you to check it out!