The UAE is celebrating the 3rd Emirati Women’s Day, in recognition of the contribution of the nation’s women, and their role in the development and advancement of the country.
HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has chosen 28th August as the Emirati Women’s Day, to celebrate the birth of the General Women’s Union on 28th of August 1975.
“The first celebration was in the year 2015, and in light of this occasion, the UAE people celebrated the great path of the late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who established the foundations of wise leadership and what this country has achieved, where women were fortunate to bear the fruits of its renaissance,” Sheikha Fatima said.
“There has been continuous attention to and advancement in the role of women, under the support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, especially in the recent years, where women’s issues across all areas and sectors have become a top priority for developmental policies,” she added.
The strategic vision of the state is to implement policies and programs for women, as part of the national agenda to give importance to women’s education. Today, the number of women in schools exceeds the number of men, and 65 percent of the university graduates in the UAE are women.
H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak has actively promoted the role of Emirati women and raised their status in society. She had recognized the importance of enhancing the role of women through institutional work. The Abu Dhabi Women’s Association, the first women’s organization in the country, was founded on 8th February 1973, after which the General Women’s Union was established in 1975.
As part of the process to empower women in all sectors, there are special military bodies for women in the UAE named after talented Arab women such as
Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School – the Gulf region’s first military school for women.
The College is a military training institute for women, which has been training women since 1992. It conducted a six-month training course, which included theoretical and military training for the women, so that they can take part in maintaining the safety and stability of the country, along with their fellow brothers.