Dr. Al Qubaisi meets PAP Women’s Caucus, pays tribute to African women

Speaking during a meeting with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Women’s Caucus at the current underway Second Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament of the PAP in Midrand, President of the Federal National Council United Arab Emirates, the RT. HON. DR AMAL ABDULLAH AL QUBAISI commended the role played by African women in maintaining peace across the continent.

The ongoing sessions are held under the theme “2019 the year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.”

“I am impressed by the manner in which African women have confronted all other hardships yet remain steadfast in their participation in peace-keeping initiatives on the continent,” said Dr Qubaisi.

“African women have been a source of inspiration to women in the world and more particularly, to women in the United Arab Emirates as they have been able to withstand all other hardships associated with being a woman, in order to play a critical role in the peace efforts initiated by the continent.”

Dr. Qubaisi also noted that most African countries are signatories of numerous protocols that encourage gender equality in politics, although analysts say more still needs to be done to implement these protocols and ensure women are not sidelined.

“Although women in the region and beyond are breaking the glass ceiling in politics as evidenced by the likes of former Malawian President Joyce BANDA and other women who have managed to occupy important positions in national governments and multilateral organizations, statistics indicate that at least one-fifth of the seats in parliament is occupied by women worldwide.

“The continued sidelining of African women is attributed to the result of pervasive patriarchal biases that exist in the African society,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Qubaisi further underlined that her presence at the PAP must be embraced as a motivating factor not only to females but also to males who occupy strategic positions in the society.

“We see the will power to undermine our efforts by males even in developed countries, but I hope my presence in the Pan-African Parliament may motivate both males and females,” she said.

The most senior female politician in the Arab world, a passionate campaigner for social and humanitarian causes including women’s rights, the Rt. Hon. Dr Al Qubaisi was the first UAE woman member of the IPU and representative of the Arab Group to coordinate the Committee of Women Parliamentarians.