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Over the past few years, Emirati women have made remarkable progress with achievements across various areas such as business, science, arts and much more. UAE is working hard to become the epitome of women empowerment and prosperity. Every year Emirati Women's Day commemorates the power of women and their contribution towards nation-building. It comes with a significance, history and theme that is specific for the year. Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi launched the event in 2015, and come 2021 is the sixth anniversary of the memorable Emirati Women's Day.
Celebrated as a recurring event on August 28th with womens day cakes and gift item of each year, this year, it falls on Sunday. Dedicated to gender equality in the United Arab Emirates, several festivities are organised across the country.
Fact: August 28th is also the founding date of the UAE's General Women's Union, launched in 1975.
This year's theme is titled 'Women: Ambitions & Inspiration for the Next 50 Years' as announced by Sheikha Fatima in May 2021. The theme also coincides with the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, as 'Year of the 50th'.
The aspirations and ambitions of Emirati women take precedence on this day, and tribute is paid to leadership, empowerment and support for women. This is made possible due to the support of the laws and legislations that worked long and hard to reinforce women's rights and fostered their participation in executive, managerial and legislative roles.
The achievements, successes, responsibilities and accomplishments of Emirati women over the last two decades will be remembered even as people await the next 50 years in light of UAE's celebratory year.
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima is the wife of the UAE's Founder, late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is the Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. She has also been honoured by UN Women, an international humanitarian organisation, for her tireless contribution towards gender equality and empowerment for women in the UAE.
Celebrations during this day and mainly the year is unique, and events are organised across the UAE.