ABU DHABI, 21st February, 2023 (WAM) — Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, GWU, Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Supreme Chairman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF Your Excellency, and Mother of Nations, today opened the 2023 Global Women’s Summit.
Organized by the World Council of Muslim Communities (TWMCC) and GWU, the two-day event was themed “The Role of Women Leaders in Peacebuilding, Social Integration and Prosperity”.
The summit coincides with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, at a time when there is a growing urgency to create a space for global dialogue to express human solidarity, come together to share perspectives, exchange experiences and propose solutions to common challenges, including the gender gap. The summit addressed intellectual and cultural barriers to women’s empowerment and identified opportunities and talents for women to lead society, equipping them to play key roles in education and community development.
A large number of prominent women leaders from the fields of politics, religion, business, volunteering, culture, arts, media and science participated in the event.
Sheikha Fatima’s opening remarks were delivered by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Director of the United Arab Emirates Independent Climate Change Accelerator (UICCA).
In her address, Sheikha Fatima welcomed the participants and stressed that Abu Dhabi is proud to host the summit, which is attended by key women leaders of the world.
The global event was delivered by Indian President Droupadi Murmu, who hailed it as “a reflection of Sheikha Fatima’s vision for women in the UAE and the world”.
“Today, Emirati women represent the UAE globally, occupy important positions and make their country proud,” she said.
“You have several women as ministers, FNC members and prominent ambassadors. They have taken their country to Mars and they are working hard to make their country carbon neutral. The UAE is the best place in the world for women to live and work. It’s a testament to your visionary leadership,” she added.
She continued that this year “is very important for India and the UAE as they host the G20 and COP28. I am delighted that both countries are working together to make these global events a success. key role, especially in terms of sustainable development.”