UAEU celebrates International Women’s Day

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The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has highlighted the role of its female graduates in advancing the UAE’s progress, success, and development, on the occasion of International Women’s Day…reports Asian Lite News

Since its foundation in 1976, the UAEU has produced 17,783 graduates, many of whom hold vital positions. Included in graduates who have gone on to have influence in society are Maryam Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs in 2006, Jamila bint Salem Masbah Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education in 2016, Najla Mohammed Al Awar, Minister of Community Development in 2016, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, and Noura Al Matrushi, the first Arab astronaut.

The University’s female 221 faculty members, working as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors, provide continuous distinguished service to the community and participate with a variety of social institutions. This ensures the UAEU works towards gender balance in support of the nation’s progress.

“International Women’s Day is a day when we show our gratitude for the wise leadership of our founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan and that of his brothers who serve as our leaders today. They enabled the UAE’s daughters to contribute to science and the workforce, and thus to build a reality of which we are proud,” said Dr. Saeeda Saleh Al Marzooqi, Associate Professor of Pathology and the Assistant Dean for Medical Education in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences and Consultant Pathologist at Tawam Hospital.

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“In the future we look forward to greater achievements. It is a day when we thank every father, brother and son who have helped and supported us. Daughters of the UAE are celebrating their achievements in various domains, and their responsibility for qualifying an educated and creative future generation.”

Dr. Ruwaya Al Kindi, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences in the College of Science and Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, said, “International Women’s Day celebrates women’s cultural, social and economic achievements. It marks the fact that women are active, powerful leaders, and change makers.  Nevertheless in order to ensure greater gender equality and sustainable development we need to continue to identify opportunities to enable women to play an equal role in decision-making.”