WAM WASHINGTON, DC, June 26th, 2013 (WAM) -- A delegation of senior Emirati women from government, business and media have begun a visit to Washington, DC and New York City to mark the occasion of the UAE's participation at the annual Executive Board meetings of UN-Women, taking place at the United Nations Headquarters this week.
The visit underscores the work the UAE is doing with the United Nations and other organisations to advance women's issues around the world.
The Emirati women leaders will participate in high-level exchanges with their counterparts in US government and business to discuss the leadership roles held by women in the UAE, to exchange ideas about the common challenges and experiences women face in their expanding roles, and to create connections that will strengthen UAE-US relations and promote gender empowerment and equality.
"We warmly welcome this impressive group of Emirati women visiting the US. The UAE is a young and rapidly developing nation, founded on the principles of openness and tolerance. A true illustration of our modernity and progress is found in the stories and prominence of women in our society," said UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba. "The connections that these women leaders are making with their US counterparts will help bring our two countries even closer together." On the first day of their visit, the delegation met with senior officials in the US government and executives at the United States Institute of Peace as well as the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security. Also as part of their trip, members of the delegation will meet with foreign policy analysts from the Middle East Institute and Center For American Progress, both prominent US think tanks, as well as members of the US-UAE Business Council. In New York, the delegation will attend the UN-Women Reception, co-hosted by the UAE Mission to the UN, and also participate in meetings with local business leaders and educators.
The Emirati delegation is led by Dr. Amal Abdullah Juma Al Qubaisi, Deputy Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council, and includes the participation of Dr. Mona Al Bahar, Member of the Federal National Council and Director of the Social Development Program at the Emirates Foundation, Afra Rasheed Eid Al Basti, Member of the Federal National Council Executive Director of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, Asma Abdulla Al Fahim, Vice President of European International College of Hotel Management and Tourism, Afra Al Hameli, Policy and Planning Department at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Safaa Al Mohdar, Director of Internal Medicine at Zayed Military Hospital, Amna Al Muhairy, Deputy Director of Human Rights at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shaima Hussein Gargash, Policy and Planning Department at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lamia Khan, Director of Corporate Communication of the Dubai Women's Establishment, and Aysha Taryam, Editor-in-Chief of The Gulf Today Newspaper.