Sheikha Fatima hails UAE human rights report before HRC

WAM Geneva, Jan 29th, 2013 (WAM)–H. H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman for the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has expressed her satisfaction about the report presented by Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE delegation to the United Nations.

The remarks were made, while receiving the women who participated in the UAE delegation that presented the UAE human rights report before the Human Rights Commission (HRC) at United Nations in Geneva in the presence of the wives of Arab permanent representatives to the UN in Geneva.

She added that the UAE report before the HRC unequivocally highlighted the strong evidence of positive developments that have been made in the promotion and protection of human rights at all levels.

Sheikha Fatima underlined that the report addressed the national achievements and comprehensive development reflected in the provision of the best quality of life for citizens and residents on the UAE’s territory in accordance with the visions and strategies adopted by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikha Fatima noted that the report tackled the achievements made by Emirati women in the light of the political empowerment programme launched by the UAE President. She said that Emirati woman today has become a key partner in all areas of the national work as she assumes the leading positions in the three sovereign authorities: the executive, legislative and judicial, as well as the senior leading positions related to the decision-making.

She referred to the resolution issued by the Council of Ministers chaired by The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to promote the participation of women by obliging the Board of Directors of the state-owned companies to represent women. She noted that ” It is another new achievement to Emirati women- the first of its kind in the Arab world and the region as well.” Sheikha Fatima said the UAE Businesswomen Council includes 12, 000 members who run 11, 000 projects worth AED12.5 billion. Meanwhile, Emirati women working at the banking sector nationwide constitutes 37.5 per cent of the total workforce in the banks across the country.

She cited the great attention given by the State to the gender equality, which was confirmed in the legislation and laws regarding the civil, political, economic and social rights.

Sheikha Fatima referred to the approval of the Cabinet in 2012 of the law protecting the rights of the child, ensuring the care and protection in accordance with the highest international standards in this respect. The law includes penalties against violators of its provisions.