ABU DHABI, 6th March, 2019 (WAM) — Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi, has said that “International Women’s Day” is an occasion to highlight the support provided by countries and international organisations to women, to achieve women’s empowerment and gender balance.
In a statement marking International Women’s Day, Dr. Al Shehhi, said, “The UN Women office celebrated this event last year, under the slogan, ‘Empowering Women in the UAE and the World,’ and today, I confirm that the UAE, due to its wise leadership and 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, has achieved total women’s empowerment and gender balance in all government and private sectors.”
She added that this is highlighted by the fact that 66 percent of government jobs in the UAE are held by women, and half of the members of the Federal National Council, FNC, will soon be women, which has not been achieved by any country.
The Executive Director also pointed out that the UN Women office in Abu Dhabi, which was established three years ago to accelerate progress to meet the needs of women and girls worldwide, and support them in achieving their objectives. It is currently implementing a peacekeeping training programme for Arab women, in cooperation with the GWU and the Ministry of Defence.
She then noted that International Women’s Day will be an occasion to help eradicate violence against women, support their participation in politics, and bridge the gender gap.
Dr. Al Shehhi also stressed that the International Women’s Day is a day for everyone to help accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and celebrate related achievements.
She affirmed that women around the world are still waiting for the implementation of the 2030 Plan of Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the international community in 2015 and has 17 sustainable development goals, which include ending global poverty and hunger, creating peaceful and equal societies, and providing quality and accessible education for all.