Speeches

Sheikha Fatima: the Arab female peacekeepers programme was a historic moment

Major General Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE National Service and Reserve Authority

ABU DHABI 04 May 2019

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), praised the success achieved by the Arab female peacekeepers programme, operated by UN Women in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Defence and the General Women's Union.

This came during a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi this evening to celebrate graduation of a group of Arab female peacekeepers.

In a speech read on her behalf by Major General Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE National Service and Reserve Authority, Sheikha Fatima said it was a historic moment when the UN Women - a UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women - selected the UAE to provide training to the group of women.

"The Arab female peacekeepers programme, hosted by the UAE, has achieved a tremendous success and exceeded all expectations, thanks to the approach started by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and followed by our wise leadership," Sheikha Fatima said.

Sheikha Fatima praised the progress achieved by the Emirati women, assuming their role in society, achieving their rightful position and contributing to the comprehensive development, side by side with their brothers the Emirati men.

She attributed the programme's success to the cooperation among the Ministry of Defence, the UN Executive Office in Abu Dhabi, the GWU and Khawala bint Al Azwar Military School, the first military academy in the UAE and GCC for women, which was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Sheikha Fatima congratulated the graduates of the programme and urged them to work towards promoting peace and security in their countries.