Message From Our Director General

The Abu Dhabi Center for Sheltering and Humanitarian Care – Ewaa exists today thanks to the seeds of hope planted by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima, the ‘Mother of the Nation’, and nurtured by the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the UAE. Our founding father, may God have mercy on him, spoke about the importance of the human right to live with dignity… his aspirations and ambitions guide and inspire us every day.

In 2008, we launched as the Ewaa Shelter for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi, a non-profit organization established to work on human trafficking issues.

By the grace of God Almighty, the seeds of hope grew, providing refuge and shelter to vulnerable people, and in 2020 we became the Abu Dhabi Center for Sheltering and Humanitarian Care – Ewaa, a social sector entity within the UAE government responsible for all forms of violence and abuse in the emirate.

Through our humanitarian work and our absolute belief in this cause, we support national efforts towards violence prevention, and advocate for policy-level changes so we can tackle violence more effectively.

We were and are still committed to supporting vulnerable groups regardless of their nationality, race, or religion.

For this humanitarian cause, I call on everyone to spare no effort towards violence prevention. I look forward to working together to confront these societal impurities and to sow the seeds of awareness and address all forms of violence that negatively affects the fabric of society.


— Her Excellency Sarah Shuhail

Building Capacity for Violence Prevention and Care

We recognize the importance of continuous learning in the area of violence prevention and care.

Across our integrated services, we support our employees with trainings and skills development. This includes risk and rescue assessment, psychological and medical care, legal and management follow-up, and other key skills and specializations. Learning can be in the form of certificates, hands-on trainings, programs, workshops, conferences, and diplomas.

Over the years, employees have prioritized learning in several related disciplines. These include:

  • Diploma in Combating Human Trafficking Crimes by the Dubai Police General Command in cooperation with the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.
  • Child Protection Specialist Training Program by Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority (ECA) in partnership with Georgetown University.
  • Social Care Certificate by Department of Community Development.
  • Train the Trainers program in the field of human trafficking awarded by Dubai Police General Command the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.