19 November 2020
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Women’s Committee has launched the Edhaa (Arabic for ‘spotlight’) initiative to highlight the achievements of its female staff, showcase their professional accomplishments and their engagement across various community and voluntary activities. Through its internal online newsletters, the Committee highlights the successful female role models in DEWA and the community.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA praised the efforts of DEWA's female employees, as inspirational role models in terms of giving, commitment and hard work. "Our vision aligns with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support women and recognise their pivotal role in development. DEWA is committed to supporting the Women's Committee and enhancing the capabilities of our female employees, while providing them with drivers of success, to become role models across all fields. DEWA has 1,949 women in its workforce, 80.5% of them are Emirati. This includes 671 female engineers and technicians at DEWA. 32% of employees at the Innovation Centre are Emirati female employees, with most of them highly educated in science and engineering areas," said Al Tayer.
"We would like to express our gratitude to DEWA's top management for supporting the Committee; enabling us to fulfil our role in motivating female employees to further create and innovate, and actively participate in the development of DEWA and the community. The achievements of our female employees reflect their competence and keenness to be essential partners in sustainable development," said Fatima Mohammed Al Jokar, Chairperson of DEWA Women’s Committee.
Female employees whose achievements were highlighted by the initiative expressed their deep appreciation for DEWA and the Women Committee in providing a motivating work environment. "I was pleased with DEWA’s recognition of our achievements in different areas, and the Committee’s keenness to highlight our contributions to DEWA's projects and volunteer activities. We pledge to play a pivotal role in DEWA’s achievements locally and internationally," said Fatima Khalifa Al Shamsi, Engineer – Sustainability, Water and Civil Division, winner of the Distinguished Technical Employee award of 2019.
"I have been working for DEWA for ten years, and thanks to my organisation’s support, I became the first Emirati woman to win an international award from the US based ROI Institute in 2015 and have become the first Emirati woman ROI coach member in the USA. The environment in DEWA has been fundamental in encouraging me to participate in several volunteer activities; for which I was rewarded as the distinguished volunteer by the Community Development Authority in 2019," said Reem Al Suwaidi – Deputy Senior Manager, Talent Management, Business Support and Human Resources Division at DEWA.