The General Women's Union, under the chairmanship of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, was established on August 27, 1975 by Federal Law No. (6) of 1974 to serve as the national mechanism for the empowerment and entrepreneurship of women in the United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates and its orientation to ensure that women serve in various local, regional and international forums.
Strengthening the pioneering role of women, and achieving global indicators in various fields.
Adopting policies, setting plans and programs, launching initiatives, and providing the necessary support to ensure the active participation of women in sustainable development.
The General Women's Union reviews women-related public policies, propose necessary amendments to empower women, set priorities, plans and initiatives and participate in drawing up comprehensive national sustainable development plans for each sector related to women's affairs.
Under the guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the General Women's Union attaches great importance to developing women’s capacities and skills in the United Arab Emirates in order to enable them to play their role in sustainable development, thus contributing to their integration in all fields and at all levels.
Women-concerned research is the cornerstone of many activities of the General Women's Union, given the data and indicators it provides to reflect the situation of the Emirati women and their impact on women, families, societies and the preparation of strategic plans, programs, initiatives and policies that should be implemented.
The General Women's Union reviews existing legislations and any other laws and regulations related to women’s affairs and propose other necessary legislations according to developments in coordination and cooperation with the relevant authorities.
The General Women's Union draws up the national strategies that form its platform of action and works with the relevant official and non-official institutions to integrate these strategies into their plans and programs. It then follows up with them periodically while providing the necessary technical advice and expertise, evaluating achievements and measuring progress against the indicators adopted when preparing the strategy. The union also works in a participatory manner to develop solutions to any potential difficulties faced by stakeholders.
The General Women's Union works to build the capacities of women's institutions working in the field of women’s empowerment and civil society institutions related to women's rights in order to enable them to carry out their tasks and implement their plans and programs up to achieving their objectives.
The General Women's Union serves as the umbrella of the UAE women's efforts, representing Emirati women in local, regional and international conferences, meetings and forums related to women's issues, actively contributes to the committees concerned with reviewing and ratifying conventions on women's rights and prepares state reports on women's rights to regional and international organizations.
The General Women's Union works to build effective partnerships and organized networks with official and non-official national, Arab, Islamic and international institutions and organizations concerned with women's affairs and issues. It also plays a multi-dimensional national role in working systematically and orderly to advance women, address their issues, positively change and improve their situations.
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