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HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Launches UAE’s First Action Plan to Advance Women’s Role in Peace and Security

A cadet practices assembling and disassembling her weapon as part of basic military training. Photo: WAM

HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has launched the UAE’s first National Action Plan to advance the role of women in peace and security. Led by the Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, the launch will adopt the United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, and is the first for a GCC country.

The UN’s resolution was brought to life in 2000 in order to address the impact of war on women as well as addressing the importance of women’s full and equal participation in conflict resolution, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response, and post-conflict reconstruction. Additionally, the resolution aims to take special measures to protect women and girls from conflict-related to sexual violence.

Sheikha Fatima, also known as the UAE’s Mother of the Nation said, “I commend the efforts of the General Women’s Union and all national entities; federal, local, and civil society organisations, for their work on the UAE National Action Plan. I would also like to commend the role that UN Women plays in meeting the global commitments towards women, peace, and security. And its position as a global champion of women and girls.”

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, meets with the first cohort of trainees in the UN women-UAE military and peacekeeping training for Arab women. Photo: WAM

She added, “We have never lost sight of Arab women or all women of the world in our developmental vision to build their capabilities and develop their skills in all sectors, as well as extend a helping hand to all women at every juncture. The UAE works to strengthen international partnerships and global institutional frameworks that consolidate gender equality, collaboration and partnership, and the advancement of women.

“Our nation also continues to support humanitarian organisations at regional and global levels, to advance women’s work and contribute to improving the lives of women as part of building safe and stable societies.”

Sheikha Fatima concluded with, “The UAE is committed to promoting equality between men and women as a key UAE policy and supports the important role that women play in advancing the process of sustainable development. We also affirm the UAE’s support of UN Women’s programs and initiatives that build a better future for women in the UAE and around the world.”

Noura Al Suawidi, Secretary General of the General Women’s Union added that the UAE National Action Plan aims to respond to gender roles and perspectives in foreign policies and implement general analysis into the scope of international peace efforts, as well as promoting gender equality in humanitarian aid.

The UAE government will begin to implement a series of campaigns to secure support for the objectives of the UAE National Action Plan. With this launch, the UAE is one of the 84 nations that launched action plans to support the UN agenda.

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