It is noteworthy that honoring the Arab Women Awards 2020 is under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and in cooperation with UN Women, the United Nations organization concerned with gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The honor of Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum by awarding her the Humanitarian Personality of the Year Award, as part of the Arab Women Awards, crowns her decades-long career of philanthropic, humanitarian and social work, and the empowerment of women at various levels. Especially in the field of developing skills, innovation and entrepreneurship, promoting a healthy lifestyle and developing women’s sport in its holistic concept that enhances physical and mental health and quality of life. The Arab Woman Award in Humanitarian Action also celebrates the inspiring role of Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum in supporting and launching initiatives to sponsor orphans, and support people of determination.
The award also represents an appreciation for the pioneering role of Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum over the past three years at the head of the Emirates Food Bank, the first integrated humanitarian and social system of its kind for feeding food in the UAE, as it strengthened the momentum of its initiatives and expanded its framework, and under the leadership of Her Highness succeeded in concluding dozens of agreements With governmental, private, charitable and humanitarian institutions in the country to provide in-kind contributions and logistical support for the distribution of meals. During the year 2019 alone, the bank collected more than 13,448 tons of foodstuffs, which were distributed to the beneficiaries.
Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum expressed her pride in this honor, stressing that “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the supporter and supporter of the various humanitarian initiatives that enhance the position of the UAE to be a beacon for charitable and humanitarian work and a forerunner for the advancement of mankind and humanity all over the world “.
Her Highness affirmed that “Emirati women have imbibed the values of sympathy and benevolence from the Emirati leadership, which always returns us to take the initiative to extend a helping hand to the needy and underprivileged and to contribute qualitatively to improving people’s lives as part of building safe and stable societies.”
Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum pointed out that Emirati women today are recording their qualitative presence in the academic and research fields, economics, entrepreneurship, innovation, sports, media and public affairs, and enhance their role in the field of community work, noting her highness of the strategy of empowering women adopted by the UAE and implementing it efficiently and with the support and guidance of his His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State “may God protect him”, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in order to achieve sustainable development that includes society in all its groups and sectors.
Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Jumah Al Maktoum stated that the 10 million meals campaign, which was launched under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a bright station recorded by history for charitable and humanitarian work in the UAE, as it created the noblest images of community solidarity in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic and provided an example Globally, for how all segments of society joined forces in dealing with crises and contributed to the classification of the UAE in the first place regionally and in the list of the top 10 countries in the world in the efficiency of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For his part, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence said: “The Arab Women’s Award for Humanitarian Work is a deserved appreciation of Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum for her pioneering role in supporting, developing and institutionalizing charitable and humanitarian work. Sheikha Hind, as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al said Maktoum is the closest to people, and its approach to giving has been rooted for decades, through its generous support and sponsorship of many humanitarian and community projects, initiatives, and campaigns.
His Excellency added, “Choosing Sheikha Hind to be the humanitarian of the year for the campaign of 10 million meals shows the great impact of this humanitarian campaign, the largest of its kind in the country, which touched people’s lives during the height of the outbreak of the new Corona virus epidemic, amid the almost total closure. Providing a psychological and social safety net for thousands of needy individuals and needy families, in an initiative that reflected the value system of its highness that devoted its life to humanitarian work that stems from the importance of consolidating community solidarity, promoting a spirit of integration, cooperation and compassion across various societal groups and spreading a culture of participation.
His Excellency indicated that His Highness Sheikh Hind bin Maktoum is an inspiring model for the Emirati Arab woman who believes that any woman, from her position, has an active role in empowering society through the gateway of grants and giving.
In addition, Dr. Moez Duraid, Regional Director at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, said .. “Women leadership is essential to ensure the effectiveness of humanitarian initiatives and projects and not to overlook those who are in need of support and assistance in the global response to the challenges of Covid-19.”
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