On the sidelines of her participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, "Soft Power: Supporting Women’s Empowerment and Leadership" conference in Paris.
The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Abdullah Musbeh Al Nuaimi, UAE Permanent Representative to UNESCO.
Verveer praised the UAE’s efforts to maintain world peace and security, and combat terrorism and extremism. She also praised the UAE’s achievements in women’s empowerment in all areas.
She stressed that Dr. Al Qubaisi’s suggestions during the conference are considered a comprehensive plan of action while emphasising the Abu Dhabi Declaration, which was issued during the recent World Summit for Women Parliamentarians that was held in Abu Dhabi.
During the meeting, they discussed several issues related to women’s education and empowerment, as well as promoting women’s efforts to attain leading positions.
Dr. Al Qubaisi stated that the UAE always seeks to promote and develop its overall relations with other countries while highlighting that its foreign policy with other countries is based on moderation, preserving security and stability, and respecting the sovereignty of other countries and the aspirations of their people, as well as establishing co-operation ties with all countries.
Dr. Al Qubaisi also stressed the FNC’s role through its Parliamentary Division that addressed, during the meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, many urgent international issues related to women, peace and security, as well as combatting terrorism, extremism and the dangers of weapons of mass destruction around the world. It also addressed current regional and international crises and tensions and their strategic effects, as well as not interfering in the internal affairs of countries, she added.
The FNC Speaker talked about the UAE’s vision and its desire to empower women since its establishment over four decades ago while highlighting the fact that the UAE’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was keen to provide education and work opportunities for women, and implement constitutional articles that guarantee their rights, such as social equality and equal employment opportunities.
She spoke of the contribution of women in all areas, especially in politics and the decision-making process, while noting their representation in the 2006, 2011 and 2015 parliamentary elections. She added that President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is leading the journey of women’s empowerment by promoting an empowerment programme, which he declared in 2005.
She complimented the efforts and the key role of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, as well as the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
She also highlighted the key role of the UAE’s wise leadership and people to support women, and the desire of women to achieve the highest levels of education, to contribute to the sustainable development process while preserving the UAE’s community traditions.