All over the world, there are so many incidents that happen with women daily. It just seems that the next one might be you considering the pace with which it happens and the negligence the matter receives.

 However, the UAE has taken a step to launch its first GCC action plan for women. It has been launched by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, who is a Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.

Sheikha Fatima said, “I commend the efforts of the General Women’s Union and all national entities; federal, local, and civil society organizations, for their work on the UAE National Action Plan. I would also like to commend the role that UN Women plays in meeting the global commitments towards women, peace, and security. And its position as a global champion of women and girls.”

She further added, “We have never lost sight of Arab women or all women of the world in our developmental vision to build their capabilities and develop their skills in all sectors, as well as extend a helping hand to all women at every juncture. The UAE works to strengthen international partnerships and global institutional frameworks that consolidate gender equality, collaboration and partnership, and the advancement of women.

Our nation also continues to support humanitarian organizations at regional and global levels, to advance women’s work and contribute to improving the lives of women as part of building safe and stable societies.”

She went onto say, “In this context, I would like to express my confidence in the ability of women to establish peace and security. We continue to support women so that they can overcome, all obstacles that may stand in their way and make influential contributions to strengthen the culture of dialogue and peace, and to achieve security, stability, and development for their communities and the world.”

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation praised the launch. He said, “The UAE believes in the important and fundamental role of women across all sectors, as one of the pillars of development that leads all societies to progress and prosperity.”

The plan aims to increase women’s participation in different areas like politics. The UAE joined
84 nations that are working towards the same thing.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, said, “As the first Gulf country to develop a National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, the UAE has reaffirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction.” 

Sheikh Fatima add more on this matter and said, “We look forward to the UAE National Action Plan as an opportunity to discover more avenues for international collaboration, exchange of experiences, joint efforts, programs, and initiatives.”


All in all, women’s rights and protection are an important matter of concern and the UAE is taking steps to make that better and ensure gender equality.