UAE donates humanitarian items to Nigerian Army Women Corps



United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy on donated sets of humanitarian items to Nigerian Army Women Corps to support their efforts towards peace, security and nation’s building.


Ambassador of UAE to Nigeria, Dr Fahad Al Taffaq, handed over items to Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, at the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Abuja.


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Al Taffaq said that donation was part of Sheikha Fatima Mubarak’s Women Peace and Security Initiative, who doubles as President of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation.


He also said that it was in collaboration with UN Women’s Program for Peace and Security, implemented by United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defence and General Women’s Union in collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent to empower women in Security and Peacekeeping.


donated care packs were presented in recognition of dedication of Nigerian Army Women Corps towards peace and security.


“It includes a variety of COVID-19 personal protective equipment and clothing items.


“This humanitarian gesture is a demonstration of UAE’s commitment towards encouraging equal and effective participation of women across vital sectors particularly in security and peace building efforts globally,” he said.


Al Taffaq said that over years, UAE had intensified partnership with regional and international bodies to promote gender inclusivity across all sectors, particularly in military.


He noted that in September 2020, UN Women announced Sheikha Mubarak Women, Peace and Security Initiative, which is a UN partnership with UAE to train and build women’s capacities in the military, security and peace sectors.


“Also since 2016, the UAE has dedicated 322 million dollars for humanitarian activities focused on women and girl child and the UAE is surging ahead remarkably in promoting gender parity and seeing that women play a prominent role in the country’s growth.


“It is pertinent for me to acknowledge and commend the unrelenting efforts and excellent work of the Nigerian Army and particularly members of the Nigerian Army Women Corps for your selfless service towards protecting lives, providing security and ensuring peace thrives.


“I believe these care packs will provide some assistance to you and further encourage you to remain committed to safeguarding the country,” he said.


Receiving the items, the COAS, Yahaya, expressed gratitude to the UAE
government and Sheikha Mubarak for the noble gesture and called for a stronger partnership between Nigeria and the UAE in critical areas of ensuring peace and security.


“I will also like to extend my appreciation to the UAE Mother of the Nation Sheikha Mubarak for spreading her motherly support to Nigeria, we will surely continue to work together with the UAE to strengthen existing partnership, ” he said.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UAE Embassy has executed several women-centered initiatives, in 2019, the Embassy inaugurated a women empowerment that provided vocational training for 100 Nigerian women. (NAN)