The Constitution of the UAE does not address gender equality; however, it states that all persons are equal before the law. Women are underrepresented in government, though they have received government appointments at various levels in recent years, including to the cabinet. The UAE is ranked 120 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017. The UAE acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1996. The UAE has signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 9 July 2013; however, the state has not ratified it yet. During the 2017 WPS Open Debate, the UAE pledged to contributed $15 million to UN -Women to support its critical work over the next three years. The amount that the UAE on its military is unknown.
The country has not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). Women have experienced little change since 2004 with respect to access to justice and combating discrimination although they are now able to serve as judges and prosecutors. However, there has been a marked improvement in women's social, economic and cultural lives as the government has recognised the importance of women's inclusion and participation in these areas.