Emirates news agency – Nahyan bin Mubarak opens international conference on women’s empowerment at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, November 17, 2021 (WAM) – Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, has asserted that women deserve a greater opportunity to develop their full leadership and practices in all the roles they aspire to occupy.

Women must obtain a high quality education, a rewarding career, a fulfilling family life and a leading role in their public and private life, he added.

He also noted that men and women still have a lot of work and effort to build a world for women and men, a world that values ​​competence and merit regardless of gender, a world that welcomes, protects , educates and empowers all women.

This happened during the opening of the international conference “Tolerance and Inclusion for the Empowerment of Women” organized by the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence in cooperation with the UAE Gender Balance Council. Arab Emirates and the Women’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The conference featured two sessions, where the first discussed the role of social norms in creating gender gaps, ways of instilling the values ​​of tolerance and coexistence. Speakers were British Baroness Floyla Karen Eunice Benjamin and Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Swiss Red Cross, while Benita Diop, Founder and President of the African Women’s Solidarity Foundation in Senegal, presented her experience on women’s empowerment in Africa.

The second session underlined the importance of tolerance, coexistence, inclusion and equality in helping the most vulnerable groups to restore a stable society. Speaking at this session, Aya Bourouila, founder of Code on the Road-Greece, and artist Rada Akbar, freelance photographer-Afghanistan and others.

Opening the conference, Sheikh Nahyan said, “It is a great pleasure to be with you to inaugurate this conference on women’s rights and empowerment. I wish you all my warmest regards. recognition of women’s rights and gender equality.

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to begin today by expressing my thanks and gratitude to the champion of women’s rights and empowerment in the United Arab Emirates, the mother of the nation, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Maternity and Childhood and Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF). She is a major force for development and the progress of our country. Her vision and commitment to comprehensive and sustained development have enabled us all to appreciate the role of women in our society, “he added.

Sheikh Nahyan also said that since the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan founded the union fifty years ago, UAE leaders have encouraged and supported the full and equal participation of women in our society.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, intends to shape a country that empowers women. He has always considered the advancement of women as vital to the future of the UAE and has worked methodically to expand the role of women in the leadership of our nation, ”he added.

“As everywhere in the world, achieving gender equality in the UAE remains a work in progress to which we are fully committed,” said Sheikh Nahyan.

“Unfortunately, in some parts of the world there has been little or no change. There are still places where women still experience unequal treatment. This inequality takes many forms ranging from social, economic, legal, health and performance aspects to the risk of personal security and life itself, ”he added.

“I fully endorse the objectives of this conference, in particular its intention to build bridges between men and women around the world around issues of women’s rights and empowerment,” he added.

Sheikh Nahyan concluded his speech by declaring, “My hope is that your work, as well as that of women and men of good will around the world, will lead to the renaming of future conferences. , equal rights, equal pay for comparable work, and the same guarantees of safety, education and health care, I am planning world conferences simply titled Development and Empowerment of Human Beings. “

Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, said: “Tolerance and Inclusion Week is part of the UAE framework and a product of the United Arab Emirates’ position. world they occupy in this area. The United Arab Emirates presents the world with a unique model. of tolerance, coexistence and convergence of cultures, based on the approach established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and pursued by the wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates. “

Mara R. Wilmoth