The International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the women who through physical, cultural, and virtual platforms have brought solidarity. It’s also a day to focus on the research that remains, recognizing that women are struggling to get heard. It encourages us to look beyond our boundaries and think about how we can make everyday progress. Every year, women in the UAE have celebrated their hard work together and join activists around the world as part of a message by two millions of young girls from different cultures and backgrounds.
International Women’s Day in UAE
After its founding day on 2 December 1971, the UAE has concentrated on empowering women. Her Highness Sheik Fatima bin Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), through her wise leadership and charitable work showed her support for Emirati women. Sheik Fatima, also known as the “UAE Mother,” has drawn Arab, global, and international attention because of her dedication to putting Emirates women where they deserve to be.
The country has also empowered its women to hold governmental and private sector leadership roles. Through political empowerment programs launched by His Highness Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Being part of their development plans has helped them achieve a central and productive role. It is also with the aid of such programs that Emirati women have taken on senior and skilled roles. Roles as ministers, speakers, judges, physicians, engineers and soldiers in the region.
“Women are men’s sisters, and there is also no distinction between them. For they are partners in the progress and prosperity of the nation”. The late Sheikh Zayed always said. As he motivated women strongly and gave them a position to support the economic development of the country. By strengthening their position, the UAE has grown to lift and empower the community through women.