Alghanim Industries, the Kuwaiti conglomerate, has rolled out new policies in the UAE to increase the participation of women in the workplace. One of its new initiatives is to double the amount of maternity leave from the mandatory 45 days to 90 paid days, confirmed vice president of Food and Beverage, Phil Broad. Employees can access the leave before or after delivery and the company also provides an option to extend that period for four months without pay. Alghanim also offers two-hour nursing breaks during working hours which applies till the child reaches the age of two. CEO, Omar Alghanim, formed a diversity and inclusion steering committee which supports Alghanim Industries commitment in promoting gender equality in the working environment. These shifts stem from Omar’s fundamental belief that employees should be accorded all career-related advancements on the basis of merit and not their gender,” he added. Broad urged more UAE firms to follow suit and improve working conditions for women. “Work-life balance is a crucial issue for working women, and the lack of it often results in them leaving the workforce,” he explained.