Under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima, 'Women, Peace and Security' program was launched in its second round in Abu Dhabi

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, the second round of the "Women, Peace and Security" program was launched in Abu Dhabi. This program was launched with the broad participation of (11) African, Asian and Arab countries, which included The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, The Republic of Yemen, the Republic of Bangladesh, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Gambia, Ghana, Chad, Senegal and the Republic of Mauritania, alongside the United Arab Emirates. < p>The program - which launched its first round last year - aims to build women's capabilities and support their participation in the military and peacekeeping sectors.

It is worth noting that about (50%) of the participants in this round come from military and police backgrounds and serve in their country's force and were nominated by the governments of their countries to participate in this pilot training program, organized by the United Nations Women in partnership with the Ministry of Defense in the United Arab Emirates and the Federation General female.

On this occasion, the opening ceremony of the second round of the "Women, Peace and Security" program was held at Khawla Bint Al-Azwar Military School, under the patronage of the Ministry of Defense, and in the presence of H.E.Mattar Salem Ali Al Dhaheri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense, and Major General Pilot Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the National and Reserve Service Authority, HE Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and a group of senior visitors, ambassadors of the countries participating in the program and representatives of diplomatic missions operating in the country.

Major General Pilot Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said: "The United Arab Emirates is proud to conduct the second round of this program, which contributes to achieving the strategic goals of Security Council Resolution 1325 by training female officers who are able to participate in peace-keeping operations in regions Conflict or disaster. we are proud of our growing partnership with UN-Women in the matter of women, peace and security, which is one of the priorities of the international organization supported by the UAE, based on our firm belief in the importance of protecting, empowering and rehabilitating women to participate in peace-keeping in her society and around the world. "

For her part, HE Noura Al Suwaidi, Director of the General Women's Union said: “With the start of a new decade, we are pleased to take our close partnership with UN Women to new horizons, by involving hundreds of women from brotherly and friendly countries in the UN-Women program aimed to train Women in peace and security. This participation is conducted according to the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and her Highness’s directives on the importance of working to empower women in the military sectors, not only at the regional level but also around the world. The participants can benefit from the field experiences provided by the program, and contribute to serving their societies and countries in a practical and effective way”.

For her part, Dr. Moza Al-Shehhi, Executive Director of the UN Women’s Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council said: “This year, the United Nations marks the twentieth anniversary of UN Resolution 1325, which emphasized the need to involve women in peacebuilding operations.” Noting that, through Initiatives that train women to assume peacekeeping missions, we are taking important steps towards enabling them to play a greater role in shaping the future, and ensuring that security is established in their society when given the opportunity.

The "Women, Peace and Security" program aims to enhance the participation of women in United Nations peacekeeping operations, increase the number of women qualified to work in the military sector, and establish networks to support women working in the military and peacekeeping sectors. After the success of the first round of the program launched in the beginning of the year 2019, and (134) Arab participants successfully passed the training period, it was agreed between the UAE and UN Women to expand the scope of participation to include countries from Africa and Asia, in an initiative unprecedented in the history of the international organization.

It is worth noting that the United Arab Emirates is a strong supporter of UN-Women since its inception in 2010. In October 2016, the United Nations Office for Women was opened in the United Arab Emirates through a memorandum of understanding between the General Women's Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the United Nations for Women. This opening took place under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, President of the General Women's Union and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation.

The UN Women’s liaison office in the GCC aims to build partnerships and mobilize resources to support women's empowerment within four main files: women's economic empowerment, the promotion of the women’s, peace and security agenda, support for women's leadership and political participation, and an end to violence against women