Emirati Womens Day 2019
To commemorate of the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and to celebrate the achievements, sacrifices, and leadership of Emirati women, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chair of the Family Development Foundation, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, “Mother of the Nation”, has declared the 28th of August of every year to be Emirati Women’s Day, thus coinciding with the establishment of the General Women’s Union on August 28th, 1975.
The late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan had a prominent interest in the advancement of women. “The woman is half of the society; any country which pursues development should not leave her in poverty or illiteracy. I am on the woman’s side. I always say this to confirm her right to work and fully participate in building her country.” he once said.
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak announced the first celebrations of Emirati Women’s Day on August 28th, 2015. The theme that year was to celebrate Emirati women who have joined the armed forces, in appreciation of their heroic role, sacrifices, courage and generosity.
Her Highness affirmed that “Emirati women have proven their worth, efficiency and excellence in all the tasks they have assumed and have been responsible for. They have affirmed their strong presence and outstanding generosity in the service of the country in various fields, including their involvement in the ranks of the armed forces, national service, police and security.”