The following item is from the Emirates News Agency (WAM): 

DUBAI, July 7 2017 (WAM) - Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, stressed that United Arab Emirates (UAE) women have achieved prominent positions at local, regional and international levels due to their effective role in promoting the renaissance witnessed by the UAE’s society in all areas. 

In his speech on the occasion of the UAE’s renewal of support to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, Al Qassim highlighted the desire of the UAE’s women to cope with modern developments while preserving their national identity, as an exceptional model that was introduced by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and followed by the wise leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He praised the efforts of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, who has supported women’s empowerment, which is reflected in the achievements of the UAE’s women and their success in ministerial, diplomatic and parliamentary positions.

Al Qassim urged communities where women are still facing discrimination, marginalisation and injustice, at work or in their social lives, to give women the same rights as men, especially in education and the opportunity to work in both social and political fields. (WAM) (END/2017) 

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