UAE leadership reassures women empowerment: Lubna Al Qasimi

ABU DHABI, 8th March, 2018 (WAM) -- Celebrating International Women’s Day, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, President of Zayed University, praised Emirati women for their notable achievements and remarkable positions they bear before the world.

"Today is a day to stand and appreciate all women worldwide; they have achieved tremendously, from pilots in airlines to civil defence. They are soldiers. They are engineers and doctors. They are also in the special service, in terms of security service. Women are everywhere and this is really the true story of the UAE. But I have to say that we were there and we have come to this level because we had great men," she said.

Al Qasimi quoted a statement of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, saying, "The woman is half of the society; any country which pursues development should not leave her in poverty or illiteracy."

She expressed her thanks to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his comments, when he said, "We consider women as a key part of the Emirati community, and they are men’s partners in all areas of work. The privileged stature of Emirati women is not a surprise, but it is the crowning of a long journey, which was established by the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who encouraged women and empowered them to practice their rights, alongside men."

She also quoted the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, when he referred to women as an asset to his people and the country, and the "most precious and highly esteemed are the shapers of heroes and makers of men."

Al Qasimi praised His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, when he pointed out that the UAE is at the forefront of empowering women to perform their social role, which was established and encouraged by his father Sheikh Zayed.

The world’s 36th most powerful woman, also described H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the "Mother of the Nation," Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, as a shining role model to all women universally.

"Sheikha Fatima’s encouragement to our nation’s daughters is highly praised and noted, she believes in women’s capabilities within the workforce and development next to their male counterparts, not forgetting their role played back at home raising the upcoming generations, women are part of everything," she said.

She also pointed out that the wife of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikha Manal bint Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and President of Dubai Women Establishment, had launched an initiative back in 2017 called Qudwa to create a platform for Emirati women role models to share their knowledge with other Emirati women for inspirational and professional development purposes.

Al Qasimi admired H.R.H. Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, naming her an optimum image of an Arab woman, wife and a mother.

"Believe in yourself, and the doors will open for you, whether it is here or anywhere else," Al Qasimi said in conclusion.