Emirates News Agency – Emirati Women’s Day recalls pride Emirati women bring to UAE: Fatima bint Mubarak

ABU DHABI, 27th August, 2022 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women‘s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme President of the Foundation for the Development of the family (FDF), and the “Mother of the Nation”, said that Emirati Women’s Day, celebrated on August 28, is a reminder of the pride and joy that Emirati women bring to the nation, to through their successes and their contributions to the achievements of the country.

In her speech marking the special occasion, Sheikha Fatima affirmed that the UAE and its leaders will continue to support women to achieve leadership and excellence, building on their firm belief in the invaluable role of women in society, highlighting the immense efforts of the insightful founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in also supporting the education and empowerment of women, and their contributions to the sustainable development of the UAE.

“The late Sheikh Zayed worked tirelessly to support women, established women’s empowerment as a pillar of the country, and made the protection of women’s rights a strategic objective, through laws and legislation that support gender equality and promote it as common practice, while encouraging women’s empowerment, integration into the labor market and providing a safe and conducive environment for the development of their professional capacities,” he said. she explains.

Sheikha Fatima also highlighted the first steps taken towards women’s empowerment, in particular the establishment of the first women’s society in the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi Women’s Development Association, in 1973, which paved the way for future efforts to educate women and promote gender equality.

She further highlighted the efforts and initiatives of the GWU, which have reshaped the world of working women in the UAE by cementing a progressive approach that ensures the constant development of relevant practices, in line with international standards, to the point where the Gender equality has become a top priority for the UAE government, further contributing to supporting female talent and celebrating the creative productions of Emirati women across all sectors.

Talking about the great achievements of Emirati women, Sheikha Fatima explained that the Emirati woman has become a role model for women around the world, noting that the number of female members of the Federal National Council (FNC) has increased from 9 to 20 out of 40, accounting for 50 percent of the total, the world’s highest rate of women in parliament.

Women also hold 27% of UAE Cabinet seats, with the UAE having nine female ministers, she said, pointing out that women also make up about 30% of the total in the diplomatic service and 64% in government sectors. education and health, with 23,000 women. contractors managing projects with a total value of over AED 50 billion.

“I hope that every woman works to achieve their dreams and achieve excellence to help support their families and communities, and therefore, I would like to express my gratitude to all the women who have shown dedication to lead the development of their country and bring about a better future. I also salute the women who have worked to excel as members of their families or mothers who help raise the future generations of the world, Sheikh Fatima said, in conclusion.

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