In cooperation with the National Commission for Education Culture & Science, the HCT-Dubai Women’s campus (DBW) launched the UNESCO Club for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment on March 18, 2018.
This is the first program in the country to promote leadership while empowering women, which supports gender balance at the level of national visions and strategies as well as the efforts of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance.
“Gender Balance and Empowerment of Women” was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the presence of H.E. Amal Al Koos, General Secretary of the National Committee for Education Culture and Science, H.E. Abdullah Lootah, Director-General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, H.E. Frode Mauring, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program, and Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi, Director of HCT – Dubai Women’s campus.
The launch of the UNESCO Club also announced its work plan and first seven members. In addition to the International Women’s Day Forum, which highlighted the successes achieved by the UAE in the field of women empowerment, which has become a leading model to compete with other countries globally.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, emphasized the achievements of the UAE in the balance of genders, which began with the late founding leader Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who considered that women and men are partners in the construction and establishment of the country, and today this implantation under our wise leadership is a leading model we compete with the whole world.
The launch of the UNESCO Club for Gender Balance and Empowerment for Women in the Higher Colleges of Technology is the first club in the UAE which is an important step in supporting the participation of Emirati women in ensuring gender balance through their scientific excellence and their willingness to break into the various scientific and vital fields required in the country.
As well as their creative ideas to confirm the empowerment of Emirati women, this club represents the beginning of launching similar clubs in different branches of the Higher Colleges of Technology.
For her part, Amal Al-Kous, General-Secretary of the National Committee for Education Culture and Science, valued the cooperation of the Higher Colleges of Technology and supported the launching of the UNESCO’s Gender and Empowerment Club as the first club of its kind in the country.
She referred to the pioneering roles that women have played in the UAE since the founding leader Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who saw the importance of women’s participation in various sectors, as wel as working on the development of a community incubator to ensure the success of women.
Miss Al Kous pointed out that the march continued in supporting and empowering women until they assumed the highest positions, including the presidency of the Federal National Council in 2015, as well as holding ministerial positions under the UAE’s wise leadership.
H.E. Abdullah Lootah, General-Director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, explained that each year the UAE stands out as a regional, pioneering model in the field of gender balance, where it provides women with equal opportunities with men in all fields, including representation in political and administrative decision-making.
Shamsa Saleh discussed the concept of gender balance, highlighting that it is not new to the UAE, as it is an approach developed since the leadership of the founding leader Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless him, starting with equality between men and women in education and moving to all other fields.
Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi, DBW Director, explained that the UNESCO Club has developed a work plan in cooperation with the National Commission for Education Culture and Science that extends for a period of five years (2018- 2022).
Goals were sets for each year of the work plan, including Education, Communication, Research, Heritage and Knowledge. Each of these will have themes and activities that will ultimately seek to promote gender balance and the empowerment of women.