UN Women praises the support of Sheikha Fatima to empower Arab women in peacekeeping operations
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, praised the UAE’s experience in empowering women in the military, especially its programme to train Arab women in peacekeeping operations.
On International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on 29th May, Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the support of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, ensured the programme’s success.
She also congratulated 137 Arab women from the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen who successfully completed their three-month military training and the peacekeeping programme, which was jointly launched by UN Women, the Ministry of Defence and the GWU.
She noted that the women acquired basic peacekeeping and conflict management skills, and hoped that other countries will join the programme.