Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Calls for the Launch of a Solidarity Campaign for Gender Equality during the Opening Ceremony of the UN Women–UAE Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi - Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, received on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, the sixth edition of the “Pink Caravan”, which is embarking on a 10-day journey across the UAE.
This event constituted part of the third edition of the Diplomatic Literary Salon, which received the “Pink Caravan Ride”, a pan-UAE cancer awareness initiative of the Friends of Cancer Patients, on its sixth edition’s ninth day to promote awareness of breast cancer, as well as enhance the importance of early detection, mammography examinations and clinical screening, performed by the Pink Caravan’s specialized medical staff for free and in cooperation with the Princess Grace Hospital in London, United Kingdom.
Through this initiative, the Pink Caravan invites men and women from all over the UAE to take advantage of the free, integrated medical services offered by its affiliated clinics, and to contribute to the fight against breast cancer, by encouraging family and friends to conduct required examinations. In this respect, medical studies indicate that 98 percent of cases, in which breast cancer was detected during its early stages, are completely treated and cured
This year’s Pink Caravan ride was launched on March 7, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and follow-up of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society, and implemented under the slogan “Soldiers of Pink Hope”.
Egyptian First Lady ends UAE visit with a farewell bid by Shaikha Fatima
Abu Dhabi, Nov. 20, 2008 (WAM) --
Her Highness Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Thursday morning bade Egyptian First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak, farewell during the latter's departure here at the airport at the end of her visit to the UAE.
Sheikha Fatima's initiatives, another face of UAE generosity - 37th UAE National Day
Mohammed Rahal Abu Dhabi, Nov. 22, 2008 (WAM) --
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union and President of the Family Development Foundation has a number of initiatives, at both the internal and external levels, attached to her name. The outcome of these initiatives has left a great impact on all the beneficiaries.
The initiatives began with Sheikha Fatima championing the cause of UAE women and leading them to achieve their rights in education and employment to pave the way for their progress and development.
Sheikha Fatima took many steps and measures in this regard to push forward the issue of UAE women until they made a lot of achievements that catapulted them to higher offices, including administrative, judiciary, cabinet and legislative offices. These achievements, championed and supported by Sheikha Fatima, have echoed far and near, on both the Arab and International scenes, making many women's organisations to follow suit.
Sheikha Fatima headed the 2nd Arab Women's Organisation Conference, which was held here in Abu Dhabi last week, and attended by the first ladies of Arab countries, heads of various Arab women's associations and organisations. The conference ended with a number of recommendations which seek to solve the problems of Arab women and to lead them to progress and prosperity by seizing all opportunities that come their way.
Sheikha Fatima's initiatives, which cross the UAE boundaries to many other countries across the globe, from the UAE to Palestine, Morocco to Pakistan and other Arab and Islamic countries, have seen her reaching out to all people in distress. Her support range from building of hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres for the handicapped, orphanages, women's care centres and many others. The latest of her initiatives was paying for the medical treatment of a Sudanese woman who suffered 3rd degree burns leading to loss of sight and other deformities.
Commenting on Sheikha Fatima's latest initiative, the Board Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, Dr. Ali Al-Ka'abi, said Sheikha Fatima's initiative manifests her deep sense and true feeling of the Sudanese woman's cry for help, thus translating into action her care for people in distress no matter where they are or when they made the distress call.
In another initiative Sheikha Fatima donated a piece of land in Abu Dhabi to used in building a housing facility for victims of human trafficking.
Commenting on this initiative, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said Sheikha Fatima's initiative had bolstered the UAE's anti-human trafficking strategy and helped alleviate the sufferings of the victims of this heinous crime, which is alien to the UAE.
He said the UAE is one of the countries which realised very early the humanitarian sufferings of the victims of human trafficking, raised alarm on this crime and promulgated laws and legislations to arrest the situation from spreading out.
Also commenting on another form of Sheikha Fatima's initiative, Sana Darwish, Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Chairperson of the Founding Committees of shelters, said apart from the piece of land donated for the building of home for victims of human trafficking, Sheikha Fatima has also expressed true concern about the plight of women and children in conflict zones.
She cited Sheikha Fatima's initiative in 2000, during the World Mother's Day anniversary, when Sheikha Fatima set up a special fund for the protection of refugee women and donated one million Dirhams to the fund. She went on to donate another one million Dirhams to the fund on April 4, 2001, an action which won her worldwide applause and admiration.
Sheikha Fatima's deep understanding of the plight of refugee women was stressed by her call to the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and the Abu Dhabi branch office of the United Nation's Higher Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) to jointly highlight the issue and plight of women refugees and galvanise support for humanitarian programme aimed at providing the refugees with their needs and boosting the fund's revenue.
The two organisations heeded Sheikha Fatima's call by organising a number of events, including workshops, seminars, and forums on the plight of women refugees and highlighted the significance of the fund. This attracted the interest and cooperation of various individual philanthropists and organisations to make generous contributions in support of the fund and the refugees.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan also has to his name a number of initiatives, some of them through his outfit, the RCA, while others are through his individual efforts.
Sheikh Hamdan has always been committed to reaching out to people in distress. His personal follow-up of the humanitarian situation of distressed people, has won the UAE the high respect of international organisations, which also see the UAE as a champion in the area of humanitarian works.
Sheikh Hamdan has always advocated the plight of millions of distressed peoples, whose lives are being threatened by conflicts and natural disasters. In view of this, Sheikh Hamdan, on several occasions, have pleaded with the international community to shoulder their responsibilities fully by alleviating the sufferings of the poor and the deprived, and raised alarm on the spread of hunger in conflict zones and hot spots of the world.
Sheikh Hamdan stressed on the UAE's efforts in arresting poverty, hunger and malnutrition. He expressed grave concern about the disastrous humanitarian situation of peoples affected by drought and desertification in a number of countries of the world.
He said his outfit, the RCA, realises the volume of the challenges caused by the food crisis encroaching the world hence the RCA's continuous efforts to remain engaged in all affected areas. He urged all UAE social sectors to support the RCA's efforts and programmes.
With regard to his personal initiatives, Sheikh Hamdan has personally reached out to many deprived people in Arab and Muslim countries, including funding the education of 98 Palestinian students to pursue their studies universities in Egypt. This followed the students' personal appeal to Sheikh Hamdan to come to their help as they can not afford to pay for their education.
Sheikh Hamdan also shouldered the medical expenses of three Palestinian deaf brothers, who were treated and rehabilitated in specialised hospitals in the UAE.
The latest of Sheikh Hamdan's individual initiative was his reaching out to two Yemeni brothers who survived the devastating flood that hit Yemen recently. The two brothers, who are part of a family of 11, lost their home and all other members of the family during the flood, but found Sheikh Hamdan's support to cater for them and their needs for the rest of their life.
Sheikh Hamdan has also sponsored the medical expenses of a number of children in Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, etc. His deep concern for children made him to issue a decree to establish a shelter home in the UAE to cater for children and women, victims of human trafficking, to provide for them health and psychological care, and social support.
Regarding his initiatives through his outfit, the RCA, Sheikh Hamdan has led the RCA to reach out to people in distress in various parts of the world. The RCA is one of the biggest and most active humanitarian organisations, not only in the UAE but also in the whole world. Its rapid response to distress calls worldwide has won the organisation great respect and applause from all related international organisations, which show great interest in cooperating and collaborating with the RCA through the signing of cooperation agreement.
Perhaps the volume of money expended by the RCA on humanitarian and charity works tells part of the full story. Over the past years, the RCA has spent more than AED2 billion on millions of families and individuals in 95 countries of the world. The RCA also sponsors currently 43,468 orphans inside and outside the UAE (in 24 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe) at a total cost of AED100 million.
On humanitarian programmes and charity projects executed abroad, RCA statistics show that the organisation has executed from January to march 2008 a number of projects at a total cost of AED52 million. It spent AED17 million on charity and development projects, AED10 million on relief supplies, AED12 million as financial support allowances and AED14 million on orphan sponsorship programme inside and outside the UAE.
The major beneficiaries of these programmes are in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Somalia and other Horn of Africa countries hit by drought and desertification.
As for charity projects, the RCA executed during the first quarter of 2008 a total of 496 projects at a total cost of AED17 million. These include 153 mosques at a total cost of AED12 million, 303 water wells at a total cost of AED2 million and 40 other projects (health centres, classrooms and endowment projects) at a total cost of AED2.5 million. These projects were executed in 17 countries, including Albania, Yemen, Senegal, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Niger, Chad, Togo, Thailand, Bosnia Herzegovina, Indonesia and Mauritania.
The RCA is also running a number of vital Health-related projects in Somalia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Niger and Yemen.
During the recent flood that hit Yemen, the RCA also dispatched relief assistance by air to Yemen to help alleviate the sufferings of the victims. The UAE government also committed itself to building 1000 homes for those who lost their houses during the flood, thanks to the directives and generosity of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Regarding hot spots of the world, the RCA has spent from 1994 to date a total amount of AED447 million in reaching out to refugees in conflict zones like Palestinian territories and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. The RCA also spent AED11 million on refugees in Darfur and displaced persons other areas in Sudan, as well as AED2.5 million in housing internally displaced persons in Bangladesh, and built two villages comprising 50 housing units, for internally displaced persons in Indonesia at a total cost of AED500,000.
The RCA has also executed in the last decade a number of development programmes for Somalian refugees in Yemen, Burmese refugees in Bangladesh, refugees in Mauritania, Rwanda, Angola, Mali, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Congo, Liberia and a number of countries in West Africa.
The RCA has also spent a total of AED102 million on victims of the Bosnian war in Bosnia Herzegovina, AED3 million on emergency supplies for Kosovar refugees in Albania, AED 38million on Afghan refugees in the Pakistani border town of Cheman, who chose to return home voluntarily and AED16 million in building the Sheikh Zayed City in Kabul.
Sheikha Fatima announces conclusion of AWO conference
Abu Dhabi, Nov 13th, 2008 (WAM):
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak announced here today the conclusion of the second annual conference of Arab Woman Organisation.
Sheikha Fatima presided over the concluding session of the three-day conference, which was attended by wives of a number of Arab monarchs, First ladies of Arab countries, heads of delegations representing various Arab woman associations, AWO delegates and senior experts working in the field of woman's renaissance.
Sheikha Fatima expressed her appreciation and sense of pride for the participation of the Arab first ladies in the conference. She said that the high level participation of the Arab countries in the conference had played a great role in its success.
Sheikha Fatima said that the first ladies of the Arab states played a major role in steering the sessions of the conference into effective activities. She also noted that the heads of delegations representing various Arab countries actively participated in the workshops on human security for women, and the empowerment of women to achieve comprehensive development in Arab countries.
Sheikha Fatima stressed that the second annual AWO conference and its important recommendations will represent a distinctive milestone in the march of Arab woman into renaissance.
'I am confident that what we have achieved through this conference will strengthen the cooperation among us, and will constitute a fundamental and important addition to the achievements of Arab woman', Sheikha Fatima asserted.
Fatima visits Somalia's First Lady
Abu Dhabi, 13th Nov. 2008 (WAM) --
H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of Arab Women's Organisation (AWO), paid today a courtesy visit to Somalia's First Lady Hawo Abdi Samatar at her residence at Emirates Palace.
Sheikh Fatima heard from the wife of Somali president about the situation of women and children in her country.
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