‘Zayed made ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to sup­port Emi­rati women’

Gulf News - - Nation -

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of the UAE in 1971, the Found­ing Fa­ther Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan be­lieved that the de­vel­op­ment of so­ci­ety is achieved by em­pow­er­ing women, en­cour­ag­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion, and giv­ing them op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Shaikh Zayed also be­lieved that all ef­forts should be made to en­able women to per­form their roles to the fullest. Dur­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of the uni­fi­ca­tion of the na­tion, Shaikh Zayed said: “Noth­ing pleases me more than see­ing Emi­rati women as­sum­ing their role in so­ci­ety and achiev­ing their right­ful po­si­tion. Noth­ing should hin­der the march of women’s progress. Like men, women have the right to as­sume the high­est po­si­tions ac­cord­ing to their abil­i­ties and qual­i­fi­ca­tions.”

Her High­ness Shaikha Fa­tima Bint Mubarak, Chair­woman of the Gen­eral Women’s Union (GWU), Pres­i­dent of the Supreme Coun­cil for Moth­er­hood and Child­hood, and Supreme Chair­woman of the Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, said that Emi­rati women have the right to be proud of their out­stand­ing achieve­ments.

Shaikha Fa­tima at­trib­uted the progress of Emi­rati women to the ef­forts of the coun­try’s founder and builder of its cul­tural re­nais­sance, Shaikh Zayed, who avidly sup­ported women’s progress, adding that Shaikh Zayed made ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to sup­port Emi­rati women and to de­velop so­cial con­di­tions which en­cour­age women’s ad­vance­ment to fully par­tic­i­pate in pub­lic life.

She com­mended the ef­forts of the UAE’s lead­er­ship in sup­port­ing women’s em­pow­er­ment by of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. She said Emi­rati women con­sti­tute 66 per cent of gov­ern­ment staff, 30 per cent of de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions, in ad­di­tion to the pri­vate sec­tor. She noted that more than 23,000 Emi­rati busi­ness­women had in­vest­ments worth over Dh40 bil­lion.

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