UAE: Anti-human trafficking drive launched at DXB
4 July 2013
Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs and Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), on Thursday launched an awareness campaign on human trafficking crimes at Dubai International Airport.
During the campaign, which was organised by the committee in collaboration with the Dubai Police and Dubai Airports, Dr Gargash said the campaign would strengthen the UAE’s position in the global efforts to control the menace of human trafficking.
Dr Gargash said the UAE appreciateed international efforts to fight these crimes, and was fully aware of the multiple challenges and complexities facing countries and governments around the world.
“The UAE is, therefore, determined to address all concerns related to this issue affecting humanity and will continue to maintain a constructive dialogue with all members of the international community to eliminate human trafficking,” he said.
The UAE had taken major steps in combating human trafficking through the NCCHT following the amendment of the Federal Law No. 51, which had made it possible to better safeguard the victims of such crimes in accordance with the Palermo Protocol ratified by the UAE in 2009. The UAE had issued a legislation to combat human trafficking and set up specialised departments to tackle these cases.
Dr Gargash expressed his appreciation for the decision of Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, who issued a resolution for establishing a shelter for adult male victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse in Abu Dhabi a few days ago.
He said the shelter, which would be based in Abu Dhabi, was established to prevent exploitation of children in labour, which did not exist in the UAE, adding that during the past five-six years, only two cases of labour exploitation and a few cases of sexual abuse had been reported. He said that male human trafficking was very rare, but the UAE was keen to provide a comprehensive solution to this matter.
He said human trafficking cases existed in all countries and that the legal and judicial authorities needed to differentiate between human trafficking and prostitution. During a Press conference organised to launch the campaign, Dr Gargash said the campaign would cover a comprehensive target audience comprising large segments of the UAE’s citizens and residents as well as visitors to the country.
“It is for this reason that we thought of Dubai International Airport as the ideal location to launch this initiative, considering that it is one of the busiest airports in the world, having received as many as 57.6 million passengers in 2012,” he explained.
He noted that community awareness represented an important factor in combating these crimes and, therefore, this campaign highlighted the significant role played by the UAE in raising the level of awareness among all segments of the society about the threats posed by this criminal activity. And it confirmed the UAE’s determination to tackle these crimes through legislative and executive channels and international cooperation.
He praised the proactive role played by the media in supporting the ongoing efforts to control such crimes, and he urged the media to find innovative ways to convey the relevant information to their audience. Dr Gargash toured the airport’s arrival hall and reviewed the posters pasted on the walls that said “Say no to human trafficking”, in addition to distribution of the awareness brochure prepared by the NCCHT. The brochure is in 10 languages, including Arabic, Russian, Chinese, English, French and Urdu, and it includes the toll-free number 8007283 to report human trafficking cases.
UAE Women leaders visit US to discuss women's empowerment and share experiences
Washington, D.C. - Marking the UAE's participation at the annual Executive Board meeting of UN-Women, a delegation of senior Emirati women from government, business and media recently visited Washington, DC and New York City.
While in the US, the group met with their peers in US government and business to address common challenges in advancing women's issues across the world.
During their visit, the Emirati delegation also shared their experiences as women leaders who work in a variety of sectors, and highlighted UAE initiatives that promote women's empowerment and equality. The visit also underscored the strong UAE-US bilateral relationship and helped create connections between prominent UAE and US women leaders.
The UAE delegation began their visit in Washington, DC where they met with policymakers, business executives and foreign policy analysts, and engaged in discussions on areas of mutual interest, including global women's issues and the UAE's notable achievements to promote women's participation in all sectors.
The group met with senior government officials at the US Department of State as well as women leaders in US government at a private reception. During meetings with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the United States Institute of Peace, Middle East Institute, and Center for American Progress, participants from the UAE and US discussed opportunities for future collaboration.
At a breakfast panel discussion, hosted by the US-UAE Business Council, the delegation met with senior business executives from a variety of industries, including nuclear, manufacturing, hospitality and transportation. During the meeting, the Business Council President, Danny Sebright, highlighted the UAE's leadership in the GCC region in advancing the role of women.
While in Washington, the group also visited the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) where leadership from the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation briefed the delegation on the long-standing partnership between CNMC and the UAE. The delegation took a tour of the Haematology and Oncology Units, the research labs at the Institute, and the newly opened Pain Medicine Care Complex. In addition, the UAE Embassy honoured the delegation at a reception attended by Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, and senior UAE diplomats.
Following their visit to Washington, the delegation travelled to New York where they attended a reception co-hosted by the UAE Mission to the United Nations and UN-Women at the United Nations Headquarters. At the reception, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, First Deputy Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council and head of the delegation, provided opening remarks, and highlighted the UAE's support of gender inclusive approaches to international issues.
Also in attendance at the reception were senior diplomats from UN member nations who were attending the UN-Women Executive Board's annual meeting, as well as leadership from the UN-Women Agency and the President of the UN Women Executive Board.
While in New York, the delegation visited the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and met with the leadership at Partnerships for New York City and 85 Broads, a global women's network whose mission is to generate exceptional professional and social value for its members. During the meeting, the group discussed promoting women's participation in business and entrepreneurship. At a discussion hosted by the Business Council for International Understanding, the delegation discussed the role of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, and the ease of doing business in the UAE.
Also in New York the group met with New York University-Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD) Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Hilary Ballon, and other faculty members, who detailed the growing partnership between the UAE and NYU, as well as identifying areas for future growth. NYU-AD students also met with the delegation and discussed their own experiences.