Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak is the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates. She has been a pioneer in supporting the efforts exerted towards women empowerment and rights.
An ardent supporter and upholder of women empowerment, Sheikha Fatima believes that women empowerment is vital to the advancement of society. She has therefore always pursued the causes of women locally, regionally and internationally.
Ever since the Union was announced, she has always participated with the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in encouraging UAE women to pursue education and work opportunities. This approach embraced by the political leadership of the State has vastly contributed to the status of the UAE female citizens today across all fields of practice.
Her exceptional and unprecedented vision, wisdom and initiatives have always been geared towards supporting the Emirati women and providing them with equal opportunities with their male peers.
In 1973, she established the Abu Dhabi Women Development Association as the first women’s society in the country, followed by the General Women’s Union in 1975, Family Development Foundation in 2006 and Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in 2003.
The tremendous efforts and initiatives undertaken by Sheikha Fatima over a period of four decades have culminated in the enhancement of the status of women socially, economically and politically.
The 2002 National Strategy for the Advancement of Women in UAE is the ultimate product of ongoing efforts by Her Highness to involve women in all aspects of life. The United Arab Emirates ranked number one in the world for treating women with respect and enhancing their status, according to the global Social Progress Index launched by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council in 2014.
Sheikha Fatima played a significant role in establishing the Arab Women Organization, (Fund for Refugee Women) in collaboration with the UN High Commission for Refugees and a website to serve immigrant Arab women.
Sheikha Fatima held several positions in a number of committees and institutions concerned with women and children affairs, e.g. President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Head of Family Development Foundation, Chairman of the Business Women Council and Honorary President of the Red Crescent.
Regionally and internationally, she chaired several organizations and institutions on several occasions such as the presidency of the Arab Women Organization and the Regional Coordination Committee for Women Work in GCC.
Sheikha Fatima’s never-ending efforts for the empowerment of women in the fields of education, economic or even political contribution played a significant role in maintaining societal balance and family stability. Her humanitarian efforts around the world were geared towards supporting women in achieving their goals as mothers and as principal partners in the development of societies.
These efforts culminated in more than 500 awards and honoring for Sheikha Fatima’s outstanding dedication, thirty of which were bestowed by the UN.