Sheikha Fatima receives Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai

WAM Abu Dhabi, 31st Dec. 2013 (WAM) – HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the UAE General Women’s Union (GWU) and of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), received today at Al Bahr Palace, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani school pupil and education activist.

Following the attack by Taliban on the schoolgirl and rights activist in 2012, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, dispatched a medical team to evaluate and facilitate her transfer to the United Kingdom for lifesaving medical treatment.

During the meeting, Sheikha Fatima underscored the vital importance of education to empower woman towards a better future in consistence with the tolerant Islamic teachings away from extremism, fanaticism and introversion which affect Islamic communities, pointing out that woman needs more support and assistance to realise what she aspires for being half of the society and man’s partner in work and effort for building a coherent, stable family serving as a backbone and strength of the homeland.

For her part, the Pakistani schoolgirl paid gratitude to Sheikh Mohamed for standing with her at her ordeal, noting that HH’s support for her medical treatment has given her a new lease of life.

Malala expressed her extreme delight at meeting with Sheikha Fatima, whom she praised as a role model for empowerment of women not only in the UAE but also in Arab and Muslim countries and the world at large.

The meeting was attended by Sheikha Shamsa bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, wife of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, Sheikha Al Yaziya bint Zayed Al Nahyan, Dr. Maytha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State, and a number of leaders of women’s movements in the UAE.

Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where Malala Yousafzai was receiving treatment after being shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban.

Sheikh Abdullah said: “The people of the UAE were appalled by what happened to Malala, which is why we helped to bring her for medical care in the UK. We are grateful to the excellent medical team here at the Queen Elizabeth hospital for what they have done for her. I would also like to convey the best wishes of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan to Malala and her family. She is in our prayers.” WAM/tfaham

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