Salim Al Qasimi receives UNICEF CFCI Inspire Award won by Sharjah

  • Friday 18, October 2019 02:46 PM
Sharjah 24: Sheikh Salem bin Abdulrahman Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Ruler's Office, Thursday received the “Sharjah-Friendly Cities” (SFC) Award, which was won by the Emirate of Sharjah. The Award was organised by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the sidelines of the First international Child Friendly Cities Summit, which was held from 15-18 October 2019, in Cologne, Germany.
'Sharjah Child Friendly' project led Sharjah to the win of the “Child-Friendly Social Services” category of the Award from among 227 projects presented across the six award categories.
Sheikh Salem received the award from Sebastian Lyon, the Executive Director of UNICEF in France.

Sharjah's child-friendly project was launched in 2011 under an Emiri decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and headed by Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Baby Friendly Office (SBFO), the body responsible for the project, with the aim of establishing a healthy life, providing a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers and encouraging breastfeeding for the mother and child.

SBFO is aimed at improving breastfeeding practices in the emirate by equipping health facilities and institutions dealing with mothers and infants.

SBFO participated in the first session of the UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Summit 2019, along with more than 550 municipality heads, local leaders, experts and children from more than 60 countries around the world, as part of three key sessions on children's community participation, children's rights and urban planning, as well as Family-friendly policies. The session highlighted key issues and ways to make communities a better place for children.

The Sharjah delegation to the Summit, along Sheikh Salem, comprised Dr. Hessa Al Ghazal, Executive Director of Sharjah Baby-Friendly Office (SBFO); Noora Ali Chookah, architect at the Sharjah Urban Planning Council; and Hamda Al Abdouli, Head of Community Initiatives Unit at SBFO, in addition to representatives of young people in Sharjah: Shamsa Al Naqbi (19 years), and Majid Al Murr (15 years).

Commenting on the win, Dr. Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal said that this award is the culmination of the efforts of the Emirate of Sharjah under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), in providing an integrated environment for the upbringing of healthy, stable and safe generations.