Shaikha Fatima’s work lauded

ABU DHABI — UAE women would not have been in the national limelight had it not been for the hard work and dedication of Her Highness Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, remarked the First Lady of the Republic of Nigeria, Stella Obasanjo.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Thu 9 Dec 2004, 11:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:24 PM

The Nigerian first lady said this in an exclusive interview with your favourite No. 1 newspaper conducted during her visit to the Women's Union yesterday along with a 19-strong delegation.

Earlier, she had visited Shaikha Fatima, wife of late president and President, UAE General Women Union, and expressed her grief on the sad demise of Shaikh Zayed.

"Shaikh Zayed is well respected in Nigeria for his foresight, vision and Intelligence. He has left a rich legacy behind and the entire Arab world will never forget his great contributions to mankind," Mrs Obasanjo said.

She said that the UAE has progressed a lot and has empowered its women in a very short time.

"I found that most of the women are literate and educated, and can converse in English or French apart from their native language facilitating their interaction with foreign visitors," she said.

She said like Shaikha Fatima, she is also active in the task of upliftment of women in his country and enjoys what she is doing.

"In Nigeria, I am fighting against the oppression of women and advocate their political participation. I am happy to find a counterpart in the UAE," she summed up.

The Nigerian delegation watched an audio-visual presentation on the activities and objectives of the Women's Union and visited the display museum, computer centre and heritage centre within the Union.

Noora Al Suwaidi, Director of Women's Union, and other members accompanied the visitors.

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