The National Archives delivers a lecture on the Emirati women’s role at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy

The National Archives delivers a lecture on the Emirati women’s role at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy

The National Archives delivers a lecture on the Emirati women’s role at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy


As part of its efforts to disseminate knowledge about the UAE’s history, heritage and civilization, the National Archives has organized a lecture for the diplomats’ spouses and the newly appointed female diplomats. The lecture focused on the roles of the Founding Leader, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bin Mubarak in the Emirati women’s development, unprecedented empowerment, and success in rising to the challenges.
 In her lecture, Dr. Aisha Bilkhair, Research Advisor at the NA, spoke about H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bin Mubarak’s remarkable achievements, humanitarian drive and constructive thinking. This is complemented by her overarching approach, which sets a good example and is a turning point in the efforts to empower Emirati women in particular and Arab women in general. Consequently, she has become a role model and a source of pride for all women worldwide.
The lecturer pointed out that the impressive progress made by the Emirati women is a result of the tremendous effort and unshaken belief of such a pioneer of humanitarian work, who demonstrated that women are competent and capable of giving and participating relentlessly and effectively in the sustainable development.
The lecturer maintained that Emirati women figure high on the agenda of the wise leadership. Since the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan had laid the foundation of the Union, women became on the top of the list of his interests. Thanks to the affirmative action by our caring and prudent leadership, women today have become active key partners in all fields.  Women have been qualified and given the necessary opportunity to fully assume their national responsibility in various fields. The lecturer cited examples of Emirati women in action. These included H.E. Dr. Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi, who became President of the Federal National Council, H.E. Shamma Al Mazroui, who was sworn in as Minister of State for Youth, H.E. Ohoud Al Roumi, who was appointed Minister of State for Happiness and Squadron Leader Mariam Al Mansouri who is the first Emirati female fighter pilot in the UAE air force.
Dr. Aisha shed light on the wise leadership’s keen interest in young women and their role in building society in accordance with the UAE constitution, which emphasizes the equality among women and men in all rights and duties. The lecturer drew a contrast between the role of woman before the foundation of the Union, and the challenges faced by them at that time, and their high standing and achievements at present. Dr. Aisha urged participants to visit the National Archives to learn more about its holdings, which record women’s realities, past and present, and foresee their role in the future.