UAE pledges continuation of its efforts to boost gender equality and women empowerment

UAE pledges continuation of its efforts to boost gender equality and women empowerment


New York: The United Arab Emirates has vowed to continue its efforts aimed at enhancing gender equality and women empowerment in its multi national development plans.

This came in a statement of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, which was read on her behalf by Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director General Women's Union, before the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York in order to follow up implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly under theme : "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls." In her statement, Sheikha Fatima expressed UAE's appreciation to the Commission's effective efforts to enhance the women's status in the international arena in all domains.

She also underscored the leading role played by the UN and its concerned authorities especially the Commission on the Status of Women in the United Nations in order to spread gender equality standards and empowerment of women in the international and national arenas.

In this regard, Sheikha Fatima also announced UAE's support for the committee's objectives for women rights and equality issues, empowering them as an autonomous target and it should be included in all aspects of the new development system after 2015.

'The wise leadership of the UAE believes in women empowerment, which is a fundamental factor in the country's overall development, therefore we have a number of institutional mechanisms in place to create a conducive environment for the women empowerment based on the UAE's constitution, decisions and international agreements pertaining to women issues," Sheikha Fatima added and pointed out that the GWU is playing a main role in setting up and implementing woman empowerment strategies in all fields.

She said that UAE is among the most advanced countries in terms of reducing gender gap, and the development which is based on gender and it vowed to continue its efforts to bolster gender equality and women empowerment in the light of the recommendations of the Beijing and Cairo Declarations in the framework of its cooperation with the UN Commission on the Status of Women and other relevant UN bodies so as to promote gender equality and women's empowerment at the global level.

On her part, Al Suwaidi praised the outstanding leadership of Sheikha Fatima for the GWU and a number of other relevant bodies which has contributed and still promoting the status of women to the highest levels in all national development domains including economic and political fields pointing out the appointment of the UAE's current permanent representative in the UN, Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh.

On the margin of her participation on the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Al Suwaidi also met with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and conveyed him the greetings of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. She also met with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri and discussed with her cooperation fields between the two sides.


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