Unending Inspiration from ‘Mother of the Nation’
- 3 June 2014
The interview given by 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, to Nation Shield, the monthly journal of UAE Armed Forces, shows that she is a unique leader and has a clear, comprehensive and in-depth vision of the advancement of women, not only in the UAE, but also at Arab and international levels. Her Highness has been an inspirational figure for Arab women around the world and her stature proves that women in the Arab world are capable of having the knowledge and confidence to achieve success and actively participate in developing their societies.
“All daughters of the nation are my daughters. During my leadership for women work process, I was keen to be close to them to recognize their needs and ambitions and to be acquainted with the problems and difficulties facing them,” Her Highness said in the interview. This demonstrates one of the main reasons behind Her Highness’s success in leading the process of the advancement of Emirati women, which she has achieved by engaging with them, and taking into consideration that their empowerment is the highest priority. As a result, every woman in the UAE takes pride in the role Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has played and considers her as a source of inspiration for their respective careers and their quest to contribute toward the process of national development.
One of the most significant issues raised by Her Highness during the interview was privacy and openness. This is a controversial subject for women in many Arab and Muslim societies. The UAE women, as Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak stated, are open to cultures around the world and benefit from them as long they are in line with privacy, identity, national affiliation and commitment to the teachings of the true Islamic faith as well as are consistent with customs and traditions. The empowerment of UAE women isn’t based on cultural and religious isolation, which lead to backwardness, but provides an enlightened understanding based on openness and commitment to principles and fundamentals that are not opposed to development and recognize different cultures of the world. Also, these principles don’t hinder women’s involvement in public life, but encourage it.
Mother of the Nation Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak is a unique Emirati figure and her contributions and achievements will be gloriously recorded in the annals of history for future generations. Moreover, Her Highness is an Arab and international figure that has an influence and presence at both regional and international arenas, and plays an important role in struggle for advancement of women regionally and internationally. This is in addition to the humanitarian efforts that she has carried out, especially for refugees and displaced people all over the world. Her Highness enjoys considerable respect around the world and has been honored on several occasions by international institutions working in the field of women empowerment and humanitarian initiatives.