This may seem unlikely at an awards ceremony to promote gender equality, but that's what happened on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, presented the winners of the Gender Balance Index 2018 in three categories, all of which were collected by men.
Awards for the best person in support of the gender balance, the best federal body to support the gender balance and the Best Initiative for Supporting Gender Balance was part of an event that launched initiatives and programs to promote equal opportunities for men and women should be celebrated after a government statement.
The Best Personality Award was won by Lt. Gen. His Highness Sheik Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior for his work on the introduction of maternity leave for female soldiers in the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates.
"We are proud of Emir's success" Ati-women and their role play a key role in shaping the country's future, according to a tweet from Dubai's official media bureau.
"Gender balance has become a pillar in our state institutions. "
However, users of social media were less impressed.
The Government of Dubai has not yet responded to a CNN request for comment.
While photos of the event triggered criticism, it is worth noting that two of the awards were won by ministries, not individuals.
The ministries were represented by men who received the prize on behalf of their team.
2016 in the Middle East According to the World Bank, the world's lowest female participation in the workforce was just under 22%.
In the United Arab Emirates, where nearly 42% of women work, the picture is brighter 49%. And 66% of the public sector employees are women.