His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received at Qasr Al Bahr Majlis in Abu Dhabi, a delegation of the Military and Peacekeeping Program for Arab Women, being held in the UAE capital.
The program is set to contribute to preparing women officers for the United Nations peacekeeping operations worldwide, Emirates News Agency WAM reported.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcomed the participants in the program, implemented by the Ministry of Defense at the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with General Women’s Union, GWU, and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women.
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince underlined the contributions and important role played by Arab women in serving their homeland and society.
Sheikh Mohamed added that enhancing Arab women’s skills and capabilities in peacekeeping and security fields contributes to preparing qualified Arab women cadres who play an effective role in serving their peoples and maintain regional and international security and peace.
He affirmed the UAE’s keenness on contributing effectively to achieving security and stability and boosting peace, co-existence and justice globally.
In turn, the delegation extended thanks and appreciation to the UAE for hosting the program, developing their skills and ensuring capacity building for Arab women in the security and peace missions.
Attending the meeting were H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region; H.H. Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, ZHO; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.
The UAE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UN Women to develop the capabilities of Arab women in military and peacekeeping operations under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).
In another development, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan honored a number of Emirati heroes of national duty in recognition of their significant efforts to advance humanitarian work overseas.
Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces, attended the ceremony which took place at Qasr Al Bahr Majlis.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed expressed his pride in the heroic acts made by the Emirati people who exemplify the finest values of loyalty and belonging to the UAE land through their noble deeds the within the UAE and overseas. Sheikh Mohamed wished them luck in serving their nation across all fronts.
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince presented the UAE Second Class Medal to Colonel Ali Al Kaabi, Colonel Saeed Al Ketbi, Group Captain Saif Al Mazrouie, Colonel Mohammed Al Sumaiti, Wing Commander Salem Al Baloushi, and Commander Yousef Al Suwaidi.
He decorated Flight Lieutenant Sheikh Mohammed bin Suroor Al Nahyan, Flight Lieutenant Ahmed Al Ketbi and Captain Abdullah Al Dar’i with the UAE Fourth Class Medal. Sheikh Mohamed also honored martyr Major Humaid Al Shamsi with the UAE Third Class Medal and His brother Mohammed received the medal.