Thursday, 13 August 2009

Women's rights highlighted

Abu Dhabi: The UAE General Women's Union (GWU) will launch a "Know Your Rights" programme next October to educate women about federal and local legislations addressing and dealing with issues of concern to women.

The awareness drive is part of the GWU's efforts to implement the National Strategy for the Advancement of Women, launched by Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women's Union and President of the Family Development Foundation. The strategy aims at activating the role of women and ensuring their positive participation in eight key areas: Education, economy, media, social work, health, legislations and environment as well as political and executive fields.

The campaign seeks to heighten awareness among women about their rights which are guaranteed by the constitution and build their capacities to defend their legal rights.

Under the programme, the first phase will see holding of 12 workshops and four training task forces.

Through the training workshops, women will learn about international conventions and laws regarding women's rights.

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