UAE Appoints Women Ministers of Happiness, Tolerance, Youth


The United Arab Emirates is looking to focus on progress and happiness--and it's including many female voices in its cabinet to help accomplish that goal. Ohood Al Roumi was recently named the first minister of happiness, along with a new minister for tolerance, Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled al Qasimi, who was previously the minister of foreign trade.

Shamma AlMazrui, a 22-year-old woman with a master's degree from Oxford, was also appointed the new minister of youth affairs.

"The new cabinet focuses on the future, youth, happiness, developing education, and combating climate change," the Prime Minister added on Twitter earlier this month.

We're excited to see so many intelligent and inspiring women lending their wisdom and leadership to UAE's Cabinet. - Women's rights The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday appointed women to the newly created posts of state ministers for happiness and tolerance, and a 22-year-old female for youth affairs.

Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum named eight women as he revealed his latest cabinet line-up of 29 ministers in a series of tweets.

Ohoud al-Roumi, who serves as director of the council of ministers' office, was appointed "minister of state for happiness". She will also keep her former post.

"Happiness is not just a wish in our country. There will be plans, projects, programmes and indices. It will be part of the job of all ministries," tweeted Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the ruler of Dubai.

The new post "will align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction," he said earlier.

Shamma al-Mazroui, 22, was appointed state minister for youth, while Lubna al-Qassimi, a veteran minister of international cooperation and development, was handed the new post of state minister for tolerance.

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