ADU launches annual “Thank You, Mother of The Nation” celebrations

ABU DHABI: Celebrations in recognition of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, yesterday commenced on Abu Dhabi University’s campus.

Held under the theme “Thank you, Mother of the Nation”, the annual festival aims to commemorate Sheikha Fatima’s role in supporting education, health, and environmental issues, as will as shed light on her commitment to advancing women’s role in society and their participation in building the United Arab Emirates.

Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University’s Executive Board, asserted that these celebrations embody our gratitude and appreciation for H.H. Sheikha Fatima, “Mother of the Nation”.

“H.H. Sheikha Fatima played a leading role in the empowerment of Emirati women and building families. She prioritised both aspects over the past decades, which made H.H. the “Mother of the Nation” a role model and an advocate for Emirati women, constantly encouraging them in being active partners in the process of the cultural renaissance witnessed by our nation in various fields. Hence, it is our duty at Abu Dhabi University, as well as other educational institutions, to highlight Her Highness’ unique role and message to younger generations, so they may realise the magnitude of her actions which have been developmental in various fields”, said Mr. bin Harmal.

He went on to explain that the University’s keenness in organising the annual celebrations, which coincide with Mother’s Day, is to provide students with the opportunity to express their loyalty and gratitude for the chartable deeds of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak.

The Chairman added, “This year’s festival will highlight some of her many achievements which made history in the advancement of women in the U.A.E., allowing them to be shining leading examples in education and the work place. Sheikha Fatima has played a prominent role helping Emirati women throughout the years, starting with her support of the efforts of the U.A.E.’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in building our beloved nation and ensuring that women are key partners in the nation building process.

“Our ‘Thank you Mother of the Nation’ celebrations is a humble way of honouring Sheikha Fatima, so we have also launched a social media campaign and an application on Abu Dhabi University’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, that provide the community with a unique platform to voice their appreciation for the Mother of the Nation.