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Maryam Alshehhi
Emirati Writer

Women: A Partner in Success in the Field of Science

Every year on the 11th of February, the world celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Women are fundamental partners in society and play a significant role in various social domains, particularly in the field of science.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science aims to enhance access for girls and women in this field, ensuring their full and equal participation.

Gender equality is a top priority for UNESCO, and empowering young girls, advancing their education, and enabling them to express their ideas are fundamental factors for achieving development and peace.

Education and gender equality are crucial for achieving sustainable development by 2030. The international community is working towards making women essential partners with men in the field of science. Women have made significant progress in this domain, approaching equality with men. Between 1901 and 2010, 40 women received Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine.

The role of Emirati women in the field of science is undeniable. The UAE provides all the resources and support necessary for women to excel in science and innovation. For example, Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, and Chairwoman of the Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE) and UAE Space Agency, has made remarkable contributions. Similarly, Halima Al-Naqbi has been honoured for her pioneering research and discoveries in optics and organ transplants.

Moreover, Emirati women have prominently contributed to space science, playing a significant role in the exploration of Mars, constituting 34% of the mission crew and 80% of the entire scientific team.

Many others have made great contributions to science in the UAE, where we hope for progress and advancement in all aspects, recognizing the pivotal role of women in the nation’s development.

Since its establishment, our country has focused on women’s affairs and issues. The General Women’s Union was founded in 1975 under the guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, along with the women’s rights pioneer, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, aiming to empower women and activate their role in society.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE has repeatedly praised the significant role played by Emirati women across various fields, especially in scientific, research, nuclear energy, and space domains.

Similarly, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has shown great interest in the role of Emirati women in the state’s government.

Five female ministers were appointed to work in the new government, reflecting his belief that Emirati women are capable of assuming leadership positions in the country, standing on equal footing with men.

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