UAE part­ners with UN Women to build Arab women’s mil­i­tary, peace­keep­ing po­ten­tial

This mil­i­tary and peace­keep­ing progamme for Arab women will com­mence in Jan­uary 2019, pro­vid­ing civil­ian women with a three-month ba­sic mil­i­tary train­ing fol­lowed by a two-week peace­keep­ing train­ing

The Gulf Today - - HOME -

In the pres­ence of Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, the UAE Min­istry of De­fence and the Gen­eral Women’s Union – un­der the pa­tron­age of Sheikha Fa­tima Bint Mubarak, Chair­woman of the Gen­eral Women’s Union, Pres­i­dent of the Supreme Coun­cil for Moth­er­hood and Child­hood, and Supreme Chair­woman of the Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion – signed a new Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with UN Women that will build the ca­pac­ity of women in the mil­i­tary and peace­keep­ing in the Arab re­gion.

Among the sig­na­to­ries at the cer­e­mony, which was held at the UAE Mis­sion to the United Na­tions in New York, were Ma­jor Gen­eral Ab­dulla Al Hashmi, As­sis­tant Un­der-sec­re­tary for Sup­port Ser­vices at the Min­istry of De­fence; Noura Al Suwaidi, Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Gen­eral Women’s Union; and Phumzile Mlam­bongcuka, Un­der-sec­re­tary-gen­eral and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of UN Women. In at­ten­dance at the cer­e­mony were Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Min­is­ter of State for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, Dr Sul­tan Bin Ah­mad Sul­tan Al Jaber, Min­is­ter of State, Am­bas­sador Lana Zaki Nus­seibeh, UAE’S Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions in New York; and Dr. Mouza Al She­hhi, Di­rec­tor of the UN Women-uae Li­ai­son Ofice for the GCC.

This mil­i­tary and peace­keep­ing progamme for Arab women will com­mence in Jan­uary 2019, pro­vid­ing civil­ian women with a three-month ba­sic mil­i­tary train­ing fol­lowed by a two-week peace­keep­ing train­ing.

It will pre­pare fe­male mil­i­tary ofi­cers for UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions and in­crease the pool of fe­male mil­i­tary ofi­cers, cre­ate peer to peer net­works among women in­ter­ested in join­ing the mil­i­tary and peace­keep­ing ields, and drive the strate­gic ob­jec­tives of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 1325, with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the im­por­tance of ca­pac­ity build­ing and train­ing.

HIS­TORIC MO­MENT

Com­ment­ing on the sign­ing, Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Bin Zayed said, “To­day rep­re­sents a his­toric mo­ment in the United Arab Emi­rates’ stead­fast part­ner­ship with UN Women. The UAE will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for the full em­pow­er­ment of women, par­tic­u­larly un­der the lead­er­ship of Sheikha Fa­tima Bint Mubarak. We will do this hand-in-hand with our Min­istry of De­fence, the Gen­eral Women’s Union, and our part­ners at UN Women to en­sure that women in our re­gion and around the world are given the train­ing they need to serve in the se­cu­rity sec­tor, where their pres­ence and lead­er­ship adds to the op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness of mis­sions and in­creases peace and sta­bil­ity glob­ally. Fur­ther, the UAE is com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing the Women, Peace and Se­cu­rity agenda and pro­mot­ing the tenets of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 1325 both at home and abroad, and we hope that this train­ing pro­gramme is just one of many ini­tia­tives to come in sup­port of this agenda.”

Maj. Gen. Al Hashmi added, “The UAE is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that women are equipped with the skills nec­es­sary to con­trib­ute to peace and se­cu­rity glob­ally, from de­fend­ing na­tional in­ter­ests to pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in times of cri­sis. This is why the UAE’S Min­istry of De­fence will be lead­ing this mil­i­tary and peace­keep­ing train­ing at the UAE’S Khawla Bint Al Azwar Mil­i­tary Academy for Women, where women have un­der­gone mil­i­tary train­ing for the past twenty-seven years.” The Khawla Bint Al Azwar Mil­i­tary Academy is the irst in the re­gion ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to train­ing women in the mil­i­tary, founded in 1991 on the di­rec­tive of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan, Founder of the UAE.

NA­TIONAL EF­FORTS

Noura Al Suwaidi re­marked, “Since 1975, un­der the pa­tron­age of Sheikha Fa­tima Bint Mubarak, the Gen­eral Women’s Union has led na­tional ef­forts in em­pow­er­ing women. We be­lieve that these ef­forts ex­tend to em­pow­er­ing women in all sec­tors, in­clud­ing the se­cu­rity sec­tor, where women make real, tan­gi­ble con­tri­bu­tions ev­ery­day to keep­ing fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties safe.”

Am­bas­sador Nus­seibeh re­in­forced this point by un­der­lin­ing the UAE’S com­mit­ment to ad­vanc­ing the Women, Peace and Se­cu­rity agenda. “The UAE will con­tinue to ad­vance the role of women in all as­pects of peace and se­cu­rity be­cause we be­lieve that when women are rep­re­sented through­out our so­ci­ety - es­pe­cially as lead­ers and de­ci­sion-mak­ers - that our so­ci­eties be­come more tol­er­ant, more pros­per­ous, and more sta­ble.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the UAE and UN Women is the first project on a global and strate­gic scale to be spear­headed by the UAE’S Li­ai­son Of­fice.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Bahrain

© PressReader. All rights reserved.