Mother of the Nation: UN's Well-Deserved Appreciation

  • 18 November 2013

Efforts to empower women in the UAE have become so successful that they can serve as a model for many countries in the region and beyond. It is not just the achievements of the UAE women in various spheres but also their constantly evolving role in the community. This has empowered them to take up responsibility in various fields of national endeavor.

This point was emphasized by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships, UN-Women. The official highlighted the pioneering UAE experience and dubbed it as highly significant. Lauding the UAE’s efforts to empower and educate women, she pointed out that the UAE women held high positions in the country. Puri expressed her greatest esteem 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, whom she described as a role model for all UAE women. “Her Highness is firm in the implementation of women-related strategies,” she noted.

The Mother of the Nation is worthy of respect and appreciation as she has worked hard to empower women so that they are able to serve the community. Her Highness has adopted and sponsored pioneering initiatives which played a key role in boosting the status of women in the community at the political, economic, social and cultural levels. Women in the UAE now serve as Cabinet Ministers, members of the Federal National Council (FNC), judges and ambassadors, and have come to play a leading role in the development programs by sharing responsibility with men.

The UAE constitution has played an important role in ensuring equality between men and women, enshrining women’s rights including the right to learn, get equal pay, own property, run businesses, in addition to other legislative provisions that provide for their constitutional rights in various aspects. In addition, the UAE is a signatory to international anti-women discrimination agreements and conventions, which highlights the country’s commitment to take all necessary measures to safeguard women rights and provide them with opportunities to make effective contribution to community progress and welfare.

Owing to the status of women in the UAE, the UAE has been ranked high by international gender equality surveys and reports. It tops the Middle East and North Africa in the Global Economic Forum (GEF) October 2013 Survey, on account of gender equality in healthcare, education, political participation and economic equality. The UAE is also member of the UN Executive Council on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment for three years, effective 2013, in recognition of the UAE’s progress in women empowerment.