This program is based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2018 between the Ministry of Defense, the General Women’s Union and UN Women, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chair of the General Women’s Union, Chair of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chair of the Family Development Foundation, with the aim of building and developing women’s capabilities In the field of military action, security and peace sectors.
The MoU was signed in New York by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018.
The initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to empower women in peace and security aims to enhance the participation of women in the security and peace sectors, increase the number of women qualified to work in the military sector, and establish networks to support them around the world.
The initiative also contributes to achieving the strategic objectives of Security Council Resolution 1325, which emphasized the importance of the effective and equal participation of women as an effective force in establishing peace and maintaining security, by focusing in particular on providing the necessary training for women cadres.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, praised the launch of the “initiative of His Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to empower women in peace and security” for the UN Women program to train women to work in the military sector and peacekeeping.
In a statement on this occasion, His Highness said: “The UAE has always supported the establishment of peace and security around the world, and the presence of women in peace building operations is essential to its success.”
His Highness added: “When we signed the Memorandum of Understanding for this program, it was based on this firm position and in support of Security Council Resolution 1325, and guided by the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, on Tamkeen. Women in our region and around the world in all sectors. Today, with the launch of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak’s initiative to empower women in peace and security, we renew our commitment to this important issue. ”
Her Excellency Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Secretary General of the General Women’s Union, explained that it is to honor the name of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Chair of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, for this pioneering training program, which has achieved unprecedented successes and achievements within two years Since its establishment, what made it appreciated by the international organization, being the first of its kind in the world, where women from brotherly and friendly countries are being trained in military action, which in practice demonstrates the UAE’s support for the empowerment of women in all sectors and our great contributions to advancing the agenda of women, peace and security. .
Phumzile Mlambo Nukka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, said: “I was very pleased with the success of the Women, Peace and Security Training Program, which can train the next generation of women leaders in the military and peacekeeping sectors in Africa, Asia and the East. Middle “.
She added: “UN Women is proud to support this unique effort as a key partner, by providing its expertise in the field of women, peace and security to this program. Evidence also indicates that women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace building leads to peace for a longer period. To increase the effectiveness of security forces, it is necessary to deepen their knowledge and understanding of gender equality and women’s rights. ”
It is noteworthy that the first session of the training program was launched in January 2019 with the participation of 134 Arab women from 7 countries, and after the success of the first session of the program, it was agreed between the UAE and UN Women to expand the scope of participation, to include countries from Africa and Asia in an unprecedented initiative in the history of International Organization.
In January 2020, the second session began with the participation of 223 women from 11 African, Asian and Arab countries, all of whom completed the training in April 2020.
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