Women nominees in Ajman spell out their goals

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Women nominees in Ajman spell out their goals

Of the 34 nominees contesting the Federal National Council (FNC) elections in Ajman, five women have spent most of their lives in the service of their beloved country, and would like to give more.

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Published: Sun 18 Sep 2011, 9:20 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:55 AM

The five ladies are dedicated to following in the footsteps of the Founder of the country late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his renowned wife Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak who is widely known here as the mother of the nation.

With 30-year experience in education, Aysha Saif Khalfan Majid Al Matrushi (candidate No 754) said she still has a lot to give.

“I am honoured to be the first Emirati woman to join the education field in the UAE, and I am fully geared up to serve my people.”

The history of Al Matrushi in social work is very rich. She is one of the founders of the Woman Society in Ajman in 1973, the Woman Association in Abu Dhabi in 1974 and the Teachers Society in Sharjah in 1975.

“I have also received several awards and appreciation certificates from all emirates and most of the ministries and societies, on top of which was the Shaikh Khalifa Education Award.”

Pledging to truly represent the nation, Al Matrushi said: “I shall be effectively involved in all issues to be raised for discussion in the FNC in line with the requirements of the coming stage of development.”

Fatimah Salem Saeed Salem Khamis Al Suwaidi (candidate No 316) also has the same promises. She said she was urged by the late Shaikh Zayed in person to exert her utmost effort to far excel her male counterparts.

“I am also fascinated by the outstanding achievements of Shaikha Fatima, who has encouraged Emirati women to confidently move forward and participate in the development of the country; she is truly the best example to follow.”

Fatimah has a bachelor degree in Arts in International Relations from the School of International and Intercultural Studies in California in 1980 and she has been dedicated to social and voluntary work in her 16-year experience in administration with Adnoc.

“I am concerned about implementing rather than giving promises, as deeds speak louder than words. I shall shed light on all people’s concerns, particularly family, social, health and education affairs, because we still need to do much in these specific areas,” she said. Al Suwaidi, who speaks English and wahili fluently, also has a diploma in Public and Social Administration of Overseas Students, Devon University, the UK, as well as a diploma in Foreign Service, Oxford University, the UK. With a diverse full-fledged programme, Meera Mohammed Sultan Al Ajmani (candidate No 153) said her participation in the elections is aimed to achieve three essential goals: progress, development and prosperity.

“Being a woman does not mean I shall represent only women; on the contrary, I will speak for all members of the society in the FNC,” said Al Ajmani who is born in 1976 and has made herself busy with voluntary work since 2006. Al Ajmani, who is a media specialist, believes that being an FNC member, though an honour and a big responsibility, is “a choice we make to be put on the right track for better development and fruitful change”.

She said the society is packed with issues that need to be handled as urgent as possible.

“However, I would focus on enhancing national loyalty, social empowerment, and early pension for women.”

Wishing to address the worries of her people, Sarah Rabeea Bin Yaqoot (candidate No 408), with her 15-year experience in education, apart from several skills, patience, determination and appreciation about others, said her programme focuses on three major issues: education, housing and localisation or emiratisation. “Each and every UAE citizen must be provided with advanced education, proper accommodation, and respectable job, so that he/she would become effective rather than an idle member of the society, and has a chance for creativity and stability.” Closely feeling the problems of some struggling citizens, Manahel Mahmoud Abdullah Abdullah Badah (candidate No 401) has decided to compete in the FNC elections, and work hard to mirror and talk about their suffering. “Following an extensive field study, my programme delves deep into the real reasons behind people’s problems, uproots their worries and finds apt solutions to all those concerned.” Should Badah win, she will tirelessly work to address four main issues in her anticipated four-year mandate — unemployment, health issues, housing and women’s position.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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