In celebration of Emirati Women’s Day, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has inaugurated the fifth Emirati Women’s Forum under the theme ‘Women, Icons of Tolerance’. The event was held at DEWA’s Campus for Occupational and Academic Development in Al Hudaiba. Also in attendance from DEWA was Dr Yousef Al Akraf, EVP of Business Support and Human Resources, Khawla Al Mehairi, EVP of Strategy and Government Communications and Maryam Hilal Al-Mutaiwei, VP of Human Resources, and around 250 female employees. There were also representatives from other governmental women’s committees.
“This is the fifth year that DEWA has organised the Emirati Women’s Forum to bring us together to thank our female employees for their important achievements that have raised DEWA’s global status. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, once remarked that Emirati women are the soul and spirit of the country, and that a place without women is a place without spirit. His Highness also said that wherever women are, the spirit of life and the soul will be alive. This matches the theme ‘Woman, Icon of Tolerance’ chosen by HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (Mother of the Nation). Tolerance is a supreme spiritual value derived from the approach of our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, who was and will remain our first teacher on tolerance. Emirati women have proven their adherence to our founding fathers in preserving their customs, traditions, and values as well as the principles of our religion, which identified tolerance as a basis for living together and accepting one another. The daughters of Zayed have spread love, tolerance, goodness and giving” said Al Tayer.
“At DEWA, we are keen to empower women working in different areas to contribute positively to community empowerment and sustainable development. Our strategy is to support women and elevate their abilities and involvement in improving their professional and personal lives. There are 1,929 female employees at DEWA, with 660 in the engineering and technical sector, 1,269 are administrative staff and 338 are in supervisory positions. As of June 2019, there are 1,537 female Emirati employees.
On this occasion, I extend my thanks and gratitude to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his generous support and encouragement to DEWA. This gives DEWA the incentive and ability to carry out its duties in full to empower women. I also ask Allah to protect the Mother of the Nation, so she will be always the pillar of every Emirati woman who is loyal to her country, and works diligently for the integrity and development of the UAE,” concluded Al Tayer.
“DEWA plays a pivotal role in empowering female professionals, realising and raising their abilities so they can empower society. This approach supports our efforts to create a positive and stimulating work environment that supports female professionals, helps them to balance their professional and personal lives. It also gives them the confidence to harness their scientific and practical potential to achieve success and excellence. This means they can actively participate in developing and building the country, and raise future generations,” said Fatima Al Jokar, Chairperson of DEWA Women’s Committee.
The forum included two sessions, the first theme being ‘Emirati Women: Trustworthy UAE Ambassadors’ led by Fatima Alloghani, Head of Expo Academy and Emiratisation – Human Resources, Workforce and Volunteers at Expo 2020 Dubai; and Hanan Ahli, Executive Director of Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Authority.
The participants highlighted their successful contributions to deliver the UAE’s message to the world, and its experience in empowering women. Al Tayer honoured Fatima Alloghani and Hanan Ahli, along with 15 of DEWA’s female employees who had taken part in projects and voluntary campaigns abroad. They were awarded the ‘Golden Bracelet of Tolerance’ in recognition of their efforts to spread tolerance and their voluntary initiatives beyond the nation’s borders.
DEWA’s female employees, Anoud Almarzouqi and Fatimah Jaffar shared their experiences during the voluntary charity campaigns in Egypt and Uganda, organised by the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, in cooperation with DEWA and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment. Almarzouqi and Jaffar highlighted inspiring stories of community members in these two countries, and the positive impact on their lives and the communities they served.
The second session was a panel session called, ‘Tolerance Journey’ that included three employees: Mira Almeel; Ayesha Aleremaithi; and Athbeh Alsehhi who had previously represented DEWA in voluntary missions outside the UAE. The session highlighted the role of DEWA’s female employees in spreading the value of tolerance globally and its impact on the development of their careers.
The forum also included entertainment, culture and competitions with the Employee Happiness Department giving out prizes to the winners. A cultural exhibition with the theme of ‘From the UAE to the world’ was organised. The exhibition included areas for henna, traditional weaving, making of perfumes, caricatures, traditional refreshments and music. The exhibition highlighted the cultural and artistic activities of women in the UAE, particularly those associated with the ‘Year of Tolerance’ in the UAE.