The Mother of the Nation, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, who is the Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), and the President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood has released instructions to set “We Collaborate for Tomorrow” as the theme for this year’s Emirati Women’s Day.
The theme was selected to complement the UAE’s declaration of 2023 as a “Year of Sustainability”
Emirati Women’s Day is celebrated on the 28th of August every year, for this year the slogan will be “We Collaborate for Tomorrow”. The day is observed as a day to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of several women who are talented in multiple ways.
Sheikha Fatima announced this year’s theme to provide support to the declaration of the President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The United Arab Emirates has announced the year 2023 as a “Year of Sustainability”, to emphasize the dedication shown by the nation in developing novel ideas to solve issues related to sustainability, energy, and challenges caused by climate change.
In her speech, Sheikha Fathima stated that “for every year’s women’s day the nation announces a theme which is inspiring to the young minds”. This practice of celebrating Women’s Day every year with a specific theme is a priority for women. It has become a national event, a day that highlights the various number of goals that are consistent to the global leadership of the nation in empowering and honoring women, she said.
She further added that a gender balance has been achieved by the UAE and now it has made gender equality an integral part of the social culture of the nation. This initiative highlights how important it is for the local and federal government, the private sector, and the public society to work together to increase accomplishments in the fields.
Sheikha Fathima said, the United Arab Emirates is getting ready to address the critical issues and problems related to climate change with the COP28, which is to take place in November 2023. Notable female leaders will be leading the charge of the COP28, they will make up about two third of the leadership team.
Moreover, these prominent female figures will constitute more than half of the team of administrative and will set a model for others with their sustainable approach toward valuing the competence, creativity, and excellence of Emirati women.
The selection of this year’s Emirati Women’s Day theme, by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima draws attention to the collaborative model established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates. It was developed to ensure that all facets of the community were included in the march of the country toward prosperity.
The theme of last year’s Emirati Women’s Day was “Inspiring Reality… Sustainable Future”. The theme was chosen with the aim to showcase the determination of Emirati women to provide support to make their nation a better and prosperous place to live in.
Emirati Women’s Day is a national event celebrated in the United Arab Emirates every year on August 28th. It was in 2015 the United Arab Emirates celebrated Emirati Women’s Day for the first time. It was under the initiative of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the mother of the Nation, UAE celebrated a day for the achievements of women for the first time.
The day is celebrated to commemorate the achievements made by women and also it marks the anniversary of the formation of the General Women’s Union in the United Arab Emirates.
UAE is a place that has been regarded as a leading nation in gender equality. As a result of the combined effort from the government and other private sectors, the country has strived to provide equal opportunities and space to both men and women. At present, women in the UAE plays a major role in all field like business and other advanced sectors.
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In the year 2021, UAE has been ranked as 1s in the MENA and 24th position globally on women’s security, justice, and inclusion. UAE has been recognized as a leader in improving the representation of women in parliament, with a record of gender equality in the year 2021.
The constitution of the UAE gives much importance to gender equality and has taken every measure to ensure equal rights for both men and women. The constitution guarantees equal claim to titles, the right to practice professions, equal legal status, access to education, and equal right to inherit property given to men.
The constitution has taken efforts to increase the literacy rates of both men and women equally. Reports say that the literacy rate of the nation is close to 95 percent and data show that more women complete their secondary education and get enrolled in universities than men.