A Deserved Honor for the Mother of the Nation

  • 2 October 2014

Our nation and its people are preparing to celebrate Eid Al-Adha and extend warmest congratulations to our wise leadership – under President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), his brothers Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It is at this time that Forbes Middle East magazine has named Her Highness Mother of the Nation Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, as the Personality of the Year 2014: Arab World Women Leader. The award is in recognition of her humanitarian efforts, for her pioneering role in the empowerment of women and for enhancing their presence in the society in the UAE, Arab countries and around the world.

This international honor has added a new chapter in the list of Arab, regional and international recognition that the Mother of the Nation has received on many occasions. It reflects her devotion, her limitless spirit of charity and her keenness to ensure freedom, dignity, fundamental rights, and cultural role of UAE and Arab women. These attributes reflect the principles and values of Arab and Islamic culture and the noble humanitarian mission entrusted by her husband, Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul). The Late Sheikh Zayed used to say that he is convinced that Arab women in the nation are aware of the importance of preserving our culture, which is derived from true teachings of Islam. Women lay down foundations of society and family is the basis of progress of society as a whole. Woman are not only half the community in number, they also equal in terms of responsibility toward new generations.

Since the beginning of the phase of empowerment, the President His Highness (may God protect him) has been keen on empowering women in all areas and to make them active partners in the process of nation-building. His Highness says that the country, since its establishment on 2nd of December 1971, has focused on the advancement of women and empowers them to assume their natural role as an active participant in sustainable development. Under the auspices of the wise leadership, guidance and supervision of the Mother of the Nation, Emirati women are making their way into politics, Federal National Council, diplomatic corps and in the Armed Forces. They protect our lands, sea, and space, and further the pioneering role of the Arab women across the world. Today, we in the UAE and also in the Arab and Islamic worlds, are proud of the Mother of the Nation and her achievements. We must take pride in the Mother of the Nation for providing leadership to Emirati women and raising their hopes and aspirations.