When you think of gender issues in the Middle East, you probably think of there being fewer rights for women. In the UAE, however, some of your ideas might well be flipped on their heads. For example, it’s a common issue in the US and many other countries that women are heavily outnumbered by men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In the UAE, it’s the opposite — there’s actually an effort to get more men interested and involved in STEM. There’s more about that and other gender topics in the following interview I conducted with Dr Nawal Al Hosany — director of sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize — during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015*.
*Full Disclosure: Masdar covered my trip to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015, and I do some contract work for the clean energy corporation.
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