Ranking the enablers promoting female empowerment in the UAE health care sector

Mehrajunnisa Mehrajunnisa (College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Fauzia Jabeen (College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-6266

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to identify and rank the enablers that promote female empowerment in the health-care sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) to rank the enablers that promote female empowerment in the health-care sector. The AHP model was developed with 7 criteria and 28 sub-criteria based on previous literature. Data were collected through interviews of 24 female Emirati medical professionals. The respondents were selected from UAE-based public and private health-care units. The data collected were interpreted, and a priority vector was assigned to each criterion and sub-criterion.

Findings

It is observed that organizational human resource policies, organizational culture and institutional factors take top priority under the main enablers, and training and development, ethical environment and institutional and legal systems were determined to be the three most important sub-enablers that promote female empowerment in the UAE health-care sector.

Research limitations/implications

The major limitation of this study is that it is conducted only in the UAE. Similar studies should be carried out in other GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries due to the governmental and cultural homogeneity. The study will help policymakers and health-care organizations in the GCC to adopt the best approaches that transform work cultures and realize the potential of investing in female and their contribution to the national economy.

Originality/value

Female empowerment has been a challenging task for the mainstream literature of gender advancement. This study is the first of its kind to propose an AHP model that ranks the enablers that promote female empowerment in the UAE health-care sector.

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Citation

Mehrajunnisa, M. and Jabeen, F. (2019), "Ranking the enablers promoting female empowerment in the UAE health care sector", International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJGE-12-2018-0135

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