Dr. Mouza Al Shehhi, Executive Director of the UN Women’s Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), met today with Her Excellency Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria. Dr. Mouza said that she briefed the Deputy Secretary-General on the great efforts of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation in supporting women everywhere, as well as the support which the UAE lends the United Nations in all areas.

She also briefed Her Excellency Amina Mohammed on the progress made in the training program to build the capacity of Arab women in the military sector and peacekeeping operations. The program is sponsored by the General Women’s Union and the UN Women Liaison Office for the GCC, in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Defense. The UN official also met with a number of participants in the training program, who expressed positive views about the program and its importance to both the United Nations Women’s Organization and the UAE, which stands by women everywhere.

She said that the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima “Mother of the Nation” to the participants in the program is truly inspiring and this direct support by the UN Deputy Secretary-General shows great appreciation for them.

The Arab women military and peacekeeping training program commenced at the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School in Abu Dhabi last month with the participation of 137 women from 7 countries; Egypt, Sudan, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia.

The program will contribute to the preparation of women officers for the United Nations peacekeeping operations, increase the number of women, qualified to serve as officers in the army, and establish support networks for women interested in military action and peacekeeping. It will also contribute to advancing the strategic objectives of Security Council Resolution 1325, focusing on the importance of capacity-building and training, increasing the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations by engaging more women in missions, promoting global peace and stability and advancing the agenda of women, peace and security.