Mother of the Nation: Model of Sustainable Leadership

  • 15 December 2014

There is no doubt that the Sustainable Leadership Icon Award for 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, by the Asian Business Leaders Forum, is in recognition of her numerous national, regional and international initiatives. These initiatives have helped women overcome obstacles and have supported them in making their choices. Her Highness has become a global pioneer symbolizing empowerment of women, which is borne out of her absolute faith in the role women can play in progress and stability in different communities.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Nahyan’s initiatives have made her a globally prominent leader. Her efforts toward advancement of UAE women have made the country a distinct model for women empowerment and active partnership in development. As a result, Emirati women have become ministers, members of parliament, judge and ambassadors. They have significant presence, alongside men, in all spheres of national development and have contributed toward the UAE’s progress across various fields. The UAE’s experience in this regard has made it a model for countries around the world, which is evident from the great tributes paid to it by regional and international institutions involved in women and their rights and roles in society.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Nahyan embodies the characteristics and meaning of ‘sustainable leadership’, which has been crucial to the country’s cultural achievements ensured by women of the UAE. Her Highness has demonstrated great courage and faith in what she has worked for and has the vision to combine women empowerment with respect for cultural and religious sensitivities. The most important focus of her efforts is building women leaders in all areas so that they become part of the development process. She has always nurtured role models for the UAE, the Arab region and rest of the world so that they share a sense of national responsibility.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Nahyan has been bestowed with several awards by prominent institutions, which have earned her international recognition. However the most significant award is that Her Highness lives in the hearts and minds of all Emiratis and is a source of inspiration not only for the women of the UAE but for all nationals who seek active contribution in the country’s march toward becoming one of the best countries in the world by the 50th anniversary of its establishment in 2021.