The Arab Charter on Women’s Rights has been launched in Abu Dhabi. During a special ceremony on Tuesday, the Federal National Council (FNC), in cooperation with the Arab Parliament, launched the charter that is said to be an “exceptional and qualitative move towards the advancement and empowerment of Arab women”.
It aims to secure their rights and ensure their active participation in attaining their country’s development goals and objectives. The ceremony was held under the patronage of 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.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance; Dr. Meshaal Al Salmi, Arab Parliament President; Fawzia Zainal, Bahrain’s Speaker of the Council of Representatives; Dr. Alia Hatog-Buran, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean; and Maya Morsy, Egypt’s National Council for Women President, were among the top officials present for the launch.
In a speech delivered on behalf of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Sheikh Nahyan said: “The Arab Charter on Women’s Rights is a historical document, predicated on the noble and moral principles and teachings of the Islamic faith.
“This charter is a source of pride that highlights the principles of equality, equal opportunity, and joint action among all elements within a nation to attain progress and prosperity in Arab society.”