17 November 2021

Abu Dhabi Center for Sheltering and Humanitarian Care – Ewaa reveals new Brand Identity

Abu Dhabi Center for Sheltering and Humanitarian Care – Ewaa, an affiliate of Department of Community Development, has revealed its new brand identity, reflecting its expanded role to support victims of all types of violence. Its creative new logo represents the values of the organisation.

10 March 2021

HCHF Women?s Forum calls for serious steps towards global protection, empowerment of women

The participants included Vice President of Costa Rica Epsy Campbell Barr; UAE Minister of Culture and Youth Noura Al Kaabi; UN Women Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo Ngucka; former Director-General of UNESCO and member of the Higher Committee on Human Fraternity Irina Bokova; UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem; Director of the University of Maryland SAFE Centre for Human Trafficking Survivors Susan Esserman; Secretary-General of Religions for Peace Azza Karam and Latifa Ibn Ziaten, recipient of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity 2021.

Campbell Barr, a trained economist, told the forum that the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to set back economic development for women for the first time in 30 years, and that it is “essential to make money available to women” in order for them to develop their businesses and communities amid the pandemic.

Executive Director Mlambo Ngucka called on measures and policies to be passed specifically to support women and Al Kaabi offered a concrete example implemented in her country.

“The UAE has a strong legal framework to ensure women are not disadvantaged in any way in the job market. I think the most important decision concerning women and the job market [made during the pandemic] was allowing mothers with children in grade six and below, or those with children of determination, to work remotely from home,” said Al Kaabi.

UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem and Ambassador Susan Esserman discussed domestic violence and human trafficking, respectively.

“The respect and value of women must start with the girl child, who must be encouraged to understand that she is the equal of everyone on the planet and that her aspirations are important,” said Kanem.

Esserman warned that criminal traffickers are using the parallel economic crisis to prey on and exploit those most desperate for income, housing, and security.

“We must strengthen the social safety net. Cash assistance and other recovery programs should be designed to take into account the needs of women and others most affected by the pandemic,” said Esserman.

The forum continued with remarks from the first female Secretary-General of Religions for Peace Professor Azza Karam and activist Latifa Ibn Ziaten, recently awarded the 2021 Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.

Professor Karam urged religious and secular institutions to partner to respond to the humanitarian emergency.

“Today we have to manifest solidarity and to support the solidarity between the religious and secular, civic spaces,” she said.

Women in today?s world are strong, Latifa Ibn Ziaten, winner of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity 2021, said, but they need support. “I wish to create a centre to welcome young girls, as well as women who are facing hardship in order to provide them with the needed assistance,” she said.

Higher Committee of Human Fraternity Secretary-General Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam closed the forum, saying, “Women face several challenges in most of the world?s communities. This requires practical projects and programmes to overcome such challenges and achieve tangible results on the ground. Such goal cannot be achieved without the real engagement of women.”

He further added, “This women?s forum featuring a distinguished group of prominent female leaders is just the beginning of more efforts to be made in order to empower women and protect their rights.”

Abdelsalam pointed out that His Holiness Pope Francis, His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and the members of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity have a firm conviction that without women, true human fraternity can never be translated into action. /WAM


04 March 2021

Abu Dhabi Police Teams up with General Women’s Union and Ewaa Shelters for an Anti-drug Campaign

Cinema screens, text messages, cash machines and customer service centres will be among the platforms used to deliver a vital message about the stark consequences of dabbling with drugs and developing addictions.

Newspapers, television and radio programmes will also be used during the high-profile initiative.

Brochures and leaflets in Arabic, English and Urdu will be distributed across the emirate.

?This boosts the co-operation between the force and its partners as we all are doing our best to reduce all forms of crime, drug-related ones in particular, to protect the members of our society,? said Abu Dhabi Police chief Maj Gen Maktoum Al Sharifi.

He said legal action would not be taken against first-time offenders ? part of a wider strategy to put rehabilitation before punishment ? who came forward to police or were reported by their families.

Parents are being urged to closely watch their children and engage them in conversation about drugs to protect them from falling victim to addiction.

?They must watch out for any changes to their children?s behaviour specifically during their teen years,? said Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, director general of the General Women’s Union.

Consultations for rehabilitated female drug users may soon be introduced by Ewa?a.

?We are still in the process of considering providing consultation services for rehabilitated female drug users to help them in the return to normal life,? said Sarah Shuhail, director of Ewa?a.


27 February 2021

ADJD stepping up efforts in combating human trafficking in 2021

Youssef Saeed Al Abri, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, affirmed the commitment of the Judicial Department to intensify the efforts to combat crimes related to trafficking in human beings, in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, in support of the UAE’s policy in the field of human rights protection, by establishing a pioneering judicial system that guarantees seeking out justice.

Al Abri stressed that the Judicial Department was able, thanks to its high technical availability, to remotely carry on the provision of its judicial, legal and training services, despite the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to take all precautionary and protective measures to safeguard public health and safety, thus enabling the investigation and continued hearing of human trafficking cases by completing all stages of litigation through the use of modern technology, in accordance with established legal controls and procedures.

The Under-Secretary of the ADJD noted that the 31 specialised courses that were delivered in 2020 focused mainly on the issues of trafficking in human beings and other topics, such as protecting children from human trafficking crimes, the guarantee of children’s rights in accordance with laws and regulations, the rights of workers during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the protection of human rights during the conduct of tasks involving the use of judicial capacity and the process of evidence collection. /WAM