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 welcomed the success of a training programme launched by the UAE to enable Arab women to conduct peacekeeping operations.
During her speech marking International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers that took place today, Dr. Al Shehhi said that the programme’s success will increase the number of women participating in international peacekeeping operations, whether in military or police duties, which the United Nations aims to double by 2020.
She also highlighted the role of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), to ensure the success of the training programme, which was held at the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School in the UAE.
She added that the Ministry of Defence and the GWU supervised the programme, in cooperation with the UN Women Communications Office.
The UAE has been a leading supporter of UN Women since its establishment in 2010. In October 2016, the UN Women Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi was opened, under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima, with the aim of working for gender equality, through strengthening the coordination between governments, the private sector, and strategic partners in the UAE, along with other Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, countries.
The office also seeks to create partnerships to achieve the fifth goal of the “UN Sustainable Development Goals,” as well as the economic empowerment of women in the UAE and GCC states.