The Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi Women’s College commemorated International Women’s Day by focusing on women’s health and wellness, with the theme, “Healthy Women, Healthy World”.
Students at the College’s campus as Khalifa City joined in various health awareness activities, reminding participants that a society’s well-being depends largely on its women.
Organizers at ADWC’s Khalifa Campus set up health-related booths in a wide hallway located, appropriately, near the Campus’s Sports Hall.
As students were in the area throughout the day, during their breaks, visiting sponsors as well as college staff promoted women’s health through education and interactive experiences. For example, students were able to learn their Body Mass Index, and consult with specialists in skin care, nutrition, and maternal and child health, among other issues. In addition, many students underwent tests to detect possible problems with their blood sugar, blood pressure, or vision.
Other groups of students went to tables set up by the UAE’s General Women’s Union, Abu Dhabi’s Social Support Centre, and ADWC Counselor Aida Qasim to discuss services and support available to women struggling with various personal and social challenges.
Sponsors who generously donated their time and resources for the event included Khalifa Health Centre; Corniche Hospital; Al Noor Hospital; specialist dermatologist Dr. Elissar Khoury,; General Women’s Union; Social Support Centre; and Emirates Driving Company.
Classes took place as normal during the various commemorative activities.
An ADWC Khalifa student commented: “I’m young, so I haven’t thought much about my health, but I’m glad the College encourages us to take care of ourselves.”
ADWC’s Director Dr. Dave Pelham expressed his best wishes to women everywhere on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
“At an institution like Abu Dhabi Women’s College, which is devoted to women’s education, it’s fitting to promote women’s overall well-being. May all our students and their families learn and practice good health habits,” he said.