Anwar Gargash: Emirati women play a pivotal role in enhancing the success and effectiveness of the electoral process

10 September 2015

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Muhammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairman of the National Elections Committee, stressed that Emirati women play a pivotal role in enhancing the success of the electoral process, and that their political awareness, enabling them to play leadership roles and encouraging them to exercise their right to participate in the process Elections are a shared responsibility of all parties.

His Excellency's statements came during an introductory lecture on the 2015 Federal National Council elections that he delivered at the Sharjah Ladies Club at the kind invitation of the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Chair of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, in front of a crowd of Emirati women, in which he praised the participation The effective politics of Emirati women in the elections, which is one of the most important indicators of the maturity of the civilized experience of the Emirates, which is proud that it ranks first in the Arab world in empowering women.

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash began his lecture with mercy on the 45 martyrs of the Emirates who answered the call of the nation and sacrificed their lives in order to defend truth and justice, to set the most wonderful example of sacrifice and redemption, and His Excellency said: “There are no words that fulfill the truth and great giving of those who sacrificed their lives, and our loyalty to the great Their giving is for us to continue working to achieve victory in Yemen, to eliminate these aggressive and coup militias, and to preserve the stability of the region and the gains it has made for its societies in its path towards development and development.

Then His Excellency moved on to stress the leadership's keenness to empower women to be a true partner in the comprehensive development process and the development achieved by the United Arab Emirates, indicating that Emirati women have played a major role in achieving national achievements at the local, regional and global levels, as women in the UAE have preceded their peers in many things. From the countries of the region and left clear imprints in the march of successes.

His Excellency stressed the importance of women's participation in the upcoming Federal National Council elections in order to enhance their role in achieving benefit for the country and the citizen. Women in Parliament are a quantum leap in parliamentary work, and giving Emirati women the opportunity to run and vote was a clear message about the importance of their presence in the political arena, because what the UAE aspires to is the active participation of women in this field, to be added to their achievements in other fields.

His Excellency appreciated the efforts of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, which, under the supervision of the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, has become one of the leading national institutions that contribute to transforming the vision of leadership in enhancing the role of women and providing them with full support to take an active role. In society, to a practical and realistic reality through the awareness and educational programs that it organizes throughout the year.

For her part, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi stated, "Emirati women are the ones that attract our attention as we follow this electoral performance, desiring to be truly worthy of representing the efforts of Emirati women in the Council, and representing their capabilities in leading the culture of society towards vast dimensions of intellectual civilization and sophistication." Behavioral, and from knowledge of rights and duties inside and outside the country, Emirati women have advanced in many fields with steadfastness, success and excellence, investing all opportunities that stimulate their energy towards creativity in their distinguished performance and prove women's ability to face challenges and overcome difficulties with smart strategic plans that contribute to their development and implementation.

Her Highness stressed that the membership of the Emirati woman in the Federal National Council has important dimensions, and her role is not much different from the role of her brother and colleague in the Council, especially since we do not want her role to be limited to the traditional issues of the family, childhood and personal status laws as the closest emotionally to her despite their importance. We want it to be open to every possible culture that will help it perform its tasks. And if we say that the individual is part of the family, the family is part of society, and society is a basic component of the nation, then it will not deviate from family issues, but it must find more effective and positive means to present it to officials.

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash stressed the importance of the initiative of Emirati women to play their active role as voters and candidates, a few weeks before the election day, which is scheduled for next October 3, and to benefit from previous parliamentary experiences and employ all capabilities and capabilities to present their electoral campaigns that contribute to persuading voters and voting for them to be among the Federal National members.

His Excellency said that the 2015 elections enjoyed a large participation of male and female candidates, who numbered 341 candidates. The percentage of women in the final list of candidates is (22%), with 76 female candidates in all emirates of the country. The percentage of women in the electoral bodies is 48%, which confirms the interest of the UAE leadership in the process of empowering women to assume all leadership positions in the country, including the Federal National Council since the first electoral process, in which women won 9 seats.

His Excellency urged the members of the electoral bodies to exercise their electoral right and actively participate in the electoral process, which is a national duty to contribute to the comprehensive development of the UAE and the continuation of the process of empowering the Federal National Council and strengthening its role in society.

The 2015 elections come at a stage in which the UAE is witnessing many achievements at all levels, locally, regionally and globally, to prove its ability to overcome many of the challenges it faced during its journey towards achieving its goals of comprehensive and ambitious development, and to constitute today a model for development, progress and prosperity, which is considered An inevitable and sure result of that unique and distinguished relationship between the leadership of the UAE and its loyal people.

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