January 7, 2012, Dubai~ His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has awarded the Mohammed bin Rashid scarf to H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), and of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), in recognition of her historic role in advancement and empowerment of the UAE woman and family.
Sheikha Fatima, locally known as ‘Mother of Nation’, was honored as part of Sheikh Mohammed’s latest directives. “I am pleased to award Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid’s Honorary Sash to Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Emirates,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “Honoring the Mother of the Nation is dedicated to every mother in the UAE.”
Sheikh Mohammed’s statement reflects his committed national drive towards advancement of women.
Sheikha Fatima has played a leading role in encouraging women to educate themselves, founding the Abu Dhabi Womens’ Association in 1973 as the first voice for women in the UAE. She then formed the General Women’s Union which serves as the mouthpiece of UAE women at regional and international gatherings, is an advocate of women’s rights, and safeguards their gains and achievements.
Sheikha Fatima sponsors and supports many local and international organizations which include the the UAE Red Crescent Authority and the Zayed House for Comprehensive Welfare. She is currently sponsoring the Sheikha Fatima Fund for Refugee women in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).