Press Statement on the Occasion of Emirati Women’s Day 2019

Our beloved country marksEmirati Women’s Day on 28 August every year in recognition of women’s achievements in various fields and their role in building this great nation. As directed by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, we celebrate Emirati Women’s Day under the slogan ‘Women, Icons of Tolerance’ this year. Emirati women are a true embodiment of tolerance, and an example to be followed in kindness, grace and solidarity– values that are integralforthe advancement of the UAE society. Emirati women possess patience, tenderness and the ability to educate young generations, in addition to demonstrating successand brilliance across all sectors.

On this special day, I am honoured to send my best wishes toHer Highness 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, whose pioneering work, wisdom and vision for the future have highlighted and enhancedthe status of Emirati women in all fields. I also congratulate thewomen ofmy beloved country for their continued achievements, and their sincere and relentless efforts that have contributed to shapingthe UAEinto the modern country it is today.

Involving women in decision-making,providing them with equal opportunities astheir male counterpartsand enabling them to be active members of society is nothing new for us. It is a firm and deep-rooted approach that has been laid down by the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, since the inception of the Union. Today, we, the women of the UAE,are proud tocontinuethe journeyof progress and prosperity for ournation.

Mariam Al Mahmoud

Acting Deputy Director General and Director of Executive Training

Emirates Diplomatic Academy