DUBAI, 24th January, 2018 (WAM) — Mwanamwema Shein, First Lady of Zanzibar, the wife of Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Zanzibar, has praised the advanced regional and international stature of Emirati women, their attainment of leading positions in various sectors, and their tangible contributions to the country’s development.
She also considered the UAE’s experience in supporting and empowering women as a global example to be followed, adding that her country admires and appreciates this experience and is looking forward to benefitting from it.
First Lady Shein’s remarks came during a visit to the Dubai Women Establishment, DWE, as the head of a delegation of female leaders while being received by Hala Badri, Vice Chairperson of the Dubai Women Establishment, DWE, and Lamia Abdulaziz Khan, Director of the Dubai Ladies Club and Corporate Communications Director of the DWE.
The visiting delegation aims to review the DWE’s initiatives and projects and the adopted practices and programmes to advance Emirati women and educate female leaders, as well as promote the exchange expertise and knowledge with women’s organisations in Zanzibar and Tanzania.
The delegation included Ryan Qasim, wife of the Ambassador of Tanzania to the UAE; Fatima Mohammed Dadi, wife of the General Consul of Tanzania in Dubai and the Northern Regions; Samira Diria, First Secretary at the Embassy of Tanzania in the UAE, as well as several officials.
Badri welcomed Shein, highlighting that the position of women in the UAE and their successful overall presence is due to the work of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had supported women since the country’s establishment in 1971, as he believed in their right to work and their key role in building the community and achieving development, as well as the efforts of the ‘Mother of the UAE’, 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, who continues to support and care for Emirati women.
She added that the DWE, under the leadership of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the wife of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, has been working since its establishment in 2006 to achieve the vision of the nation’s leadership, through initiatives, projects and strategic plans that aim to strengthen the role of Emirati women in realising Dubai’s economic and social future, establish influential policies, exchange knowledge and launch leading initiatives.
She also expressed her gratitude for the visit while noting that the DWE welcomes further cooperation, as part of the directives of the UAE’s leadership to promote cooperation and share the country’s overall expertise with friendly nations.
Shein said that her country prioritises women’s empowerment, to benefit from their economic and development efforts while highlighting the presence of ten female ministers and deputy ministers in Zanzibar’s Government in key areas, such as education, health, agriculture and employment, as well as the presence of women’s organisations.
She also invited the DWE to visit Zanzibar with a delegation of female Emirati leaders from the public and private sectors, to review opportunities for cooperation and share the UAE’s experience.