Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs met with over a hundred female leaders and staff from the organizations that are under Her Highness’ patronage, at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, Sharjah.
The annual meeting endorsed Her Highness’ vision to empower women and support them in their endeavors to serve the community and specially the youth. Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi began this journey over 30 years ago, through the establishment of various institutions for women, the family, and society as a whole. Her Highness guides and supports and follows the work being done at her organizations and the achievements of her teams, and provides all the support needed to enhance the services offered by these organizations to the community.
During the meeting, prominent women leaders had the opportunity to talk about their main achievements and their aspirations on how to build a conscious and educated society, which seeks to achieve, excellence through the activities and services organized by these institutions that serve all segments of society.
Her Highness praised the efforts of the women leaders who, she said, strive with loyalty and dedication to serve the institutions and their communities. “It is our duty to always strive to empower women in the Emirate of Sharjah, and the whole of the UAE. Women should advance in the workplace, and they should seek to develop their capacities and those of the community. They are the pillars of society, and should seek to support future generations, both at work and at home. Therefore, we in Sharjah are focused on providing the necessary foundation stones to support women leaders, by giving them the opportunity to apply their experience and contribute to the launch of projects designed to build the future of the state,” Her Highness said.
“We want the young women of Sharjah to be active leaders who, regardless of challenges, continue working and learning diligently, and do not stop once they complete their education. They should continue to seek to educate themselves, through intensive and continuous reading. We want to see your ambitions and accomplishments on the ground. You should seek to stand out and not look back. You are leaders and the builders of future generations,” she added.
Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi said that she hoped that these leaders will make greater efforts to fulfill the duties entrusted to them as diligently as possible, and deliver them properly to all segments of society: adding that she was pleased with the efforts undertaken by all women leaders within Her Highness’ organisations which are dedicated to serving the community and country.
HE Sheikha Modi Al Shamsi, Director General of the Department of Family Development Centres, an institution operating under the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, conveyed her sincere thanks and appreciation to Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi for giving them an opportunity to talk about issues related to female leadership in society.
“Our institutions should focus on corporate excellence and strategic planning. We at the Department of Family Development Centers launched this initiative under the generous guidance and support of Her Highness, and because of her belief that these practices will develop the capabilities of female employees in the administration field. Her Highness’ continuous concern gives us the motivation to apply best practices at the regional and global level,” she said.
“We, as institutions operating under one umbrella, must maintain a team spirit. Out of this team arise other institutions concerned with family affairs, children, girls, culture, and other related areas. We, as a team that represents the Sharjah institutions locally and regionally, must build a team that looks toward building the future,” HE Modi Al Shamsi added.
HE Salha Ghabish, Director General of the Cultural Office of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, talked about the role of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in promoting culture in the Emirate of Sharjah, where he devoted his efforts to build a culturally aware population that included the children and teenagers of Sharjah. As a result of these efforts, Ghabish said, theater halls are filled with young audiences, who have an interest in and awareness about culture.
She said, “The main focus of our work is the future, and working for the future requires a concerted effort. We all work as one team, but each management has its own area of speciality. Working for the future does not mean that we continue moving within the same circle, but we must strive to change for the better. We can enhance activities and events through cooperation and partnership with other institutions. We have an obligation towards our country and noble leadership to work hard, and have our actions speak on our behalf.”
Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Secretary General of the Friends of Cancer Patients highlighted the achievement of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi in bringing the first global conference on non-communicable diseases to Sharjah in November in cooperation with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (NCD), announced during Her Highness’ visit to the United States in September.
Nada Askar, Director of Women Sports Department at Sharjah Ladies Club and Chairman of the Executive Committee for Arab Women Sports Tournament, talked about the notable achievement of having female players in the archery team going to the Olympics games in Brazil next year which, she said, was an endorsement reinforcing the status of women’s sports locally and globally.
Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi concluded her meeting with women leaders, saying, “I thank you and I hope that you will continue to serve your institutions. You are expected to offer what is best for society, and I am proud of all the work being done by the institutions in the Emirate of Sharjah, which is working hard to reach the highest levels, locally, regionally, and globally. I wish that all institutions would follow the example of those that strive to achieve global standards. This only assures us that work in all of our institutions will continue, and with excellent results. Advancing in your work and performing your duties makes me proud of all that you are offering to society.”