The United Arab Emirates held an awards ceremony on Sunday to honor the winners of a workplace gender equality initiative that conspicuously lacked one thing: any women. According to The Guardian, every certificate and medal awarded by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, was given to a man. Finally, men are recognized for their hard work.
The awards, which all the men awardees definitely earned and deserved, were under the following three categories: “Best Personality for Supporting Gender Balance,” “Best Federal Entity for Supporting Gender Balance,” and “Best Initiative for Supporting Gender Balance.” Men, as we all know, are well known for having the best personalities when it comes to supporting gender balance.
In a press release announcing the awards, al-Maktoum said, “The achievements of Emirati women today reaffirm the wise vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed in the importance of the role of women, and their right to work and become key partners in society.” Apparently the role of women doesn’t include winning any awards for their achievements.