DUBAI, 16th June, 2022 (WAM) -- Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, said the UAE is proud of the achievements of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), and Honorary Chairperson of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), including her support to Emirati and Arab women.
The Emirati people believe in giving and tolerance and the country's leadership is exerting all possible efforts to ensure the role of women in the process of development, he added, noting that President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan always said that women's progress is key to the future of the nation.
Sheikh Nahyan made this statement during the "Sustainable Development Forum" of the Arab Women's Council held in Dubai.
The forum is in line with the vision of the Mother of the UAE aimed at empowering women and supporting their engagement in economic, social and cultural areas, he said. The forum's agenda is linked to several key issues, most notably the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover the needs of the entire community, empower women and ensure their role in the development process.
Sheikh Nahyan also stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of innovation and further learning to shape communities capable of working together to address challenges.
Dr. Mohammed Issa Al Adwan, Ambassador for Arab Cooperation Affairs at the Arab Council for Social Responsibility, highlighted the key role of knowledge in serving strategic planning and achieving sustainable human development, women's empowerment and the integration of people of determination, as well as the major role of social responsibility in supporting and helping Arab governments pursue excellence, leadership and services development.
After the event's inauguration, Sheikh Nahyan honoured several participating figures with the Arab Women Council's Golden Shield of Excellence, followed by an academic forum chaired by Al Adwan, during which Dr. Faraj Al Ajami, Head of the Organisations Administration of the Arab League, presented a key working paper.