UAE takes the lead for women
The UAE has joined five other countries to set up a scheme promoting the role of women in securing peace around the world. The Focal Points Network on Women, Peace and Security was launched by Spain in partnership with the UAE and the governments of Canada, Chile, Japan, and Namibi. Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, said: “In the Emirates, our leadership has long recognised that when women are empowered, all of society benefits. “This is why a core component of the UAE’s development model is to support the participation of women in senior leadership and decisionmaking positions. This is because we know all too well that when women serve as leaders in their communities, those very societies become more prosperous, more secure.” Ministers from a total of 14 countries have said their governments will be joining the network. Members of the Focal Points Network will share best practices and meeting annually to discuss women’s leadership and participation, postconflict recovery and other topics. The first meeting of the Network will be held in Spain next year.