Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security, affirmed that women are major partners in achieving sustainable development, with their efforts in all fields contributing to ensuring a better future for forthcoming generations.
Her Excellency said: “Women represent half of society and work hard to raise the future generation, as well as make significant contributions to all vital sectors. Nothing better exemplifies the fundamental role that women play than the changes that have been forced onto society as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Women have played a huge role during the COVID-19 crisis through their work in frontline defences within the medical and nursing cadres, as well as through being home-schoolers educating their children and remote workers managing their professional responsibilities with commitment and dedication.”
Her Excellency added: “Contrary to the popular image of the farmer being a man, it is in fact women who undertake the majority of agricultural work around the world. In the UAE, women are increasingly at the forefront of transforming food systems into more efficient and productive ones through their roles as scientist and agritechnologists at the cutting edge of food production and are leading the way in research and development. In the household, they are essential educators teaching their family members about the value of food, the importance of eating everything on their plate, and how to eat in a healthier way. Through these actions they inculcate good habits in the next generation.
Her Excellency concluded: “Our wise leadership provides all means of care and support to Emirati women, who are integral to the UAE’s sustainable development. Emirati women continue to meet their responsibilities with the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. By setting the most wonderful examples of selflessness through every aspect of their social and professional lives, Emirati women are major contributors to enhancing the global competitiveness of the UAE.