Monday, April 18, 2016

Third Regional Women Conference Commences in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Monday, April 18th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

Under the auspices of H.H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the 3rd Regional Conference of Women Police 2016 commenced in Abu Dhabi. The conference, organized by the Emirates Women Police Association (EWPA) under the theme, ‘Women Police ... the Leadership of Sustainable Development’, will take place at Zayed University’s Convention Center in Abu Dhabi.

In his address at the conference’s opening ceremony, Major General Mohammed Khalfan Matar Al Rumaithi, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, welcomed the participants. He conveyed the warm greetings of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, to the participants and expressed His Highness’ deepest wishes of success for them all. He also extended his thanks and appreciation to Zayed University, the academic edifice that bears the name of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, late President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for hosting this prestigious event.

Major General Al Rumaithi said: “Ever since the Union was established four decades ago, on December 2nd, 1971, Emirati women have received full support from the leadership. The late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, stood in the frontline in support of women's rights and empowerment, and called for removing any obstacles hindering the progress of women in the UAE.”

Adding further, Major General Al Rumaithi said: “The same approach was cherished, championed and pursued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who has led the national efforts towards further empowerment of women by launching ambitious programs, and offering UAE women several opportunities, to be a partner to man in all types of national work.  Today, women are leading the drive towards sustainable development and occupy the highest positions in the political, executive, and legislative authorities, as well as various leadership positions, related to strategies and decision-making.”

Major General Al Rumaithi continued: “Day after day, Emirati women are proving beyond doubt, their efficiency and excellence in any task entrusted to them. This has been achieved thanks to significant attention and care of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to provide unrelenting support to Emirati women, who have demonstrated their strong and valuable presence in all fields in service of the UAE,  including participation in the Armed Forces; National Service; Police and Security.”

He noted that organizing this conference in the UAE reflects the country’s strategy to boost cooperation and coordination with sisterly and friendly states, and to work with international entities and organizations to achieve security and safety. “The conference is a valuable event for the Emirati Women Police. It enhances the process of women recruiting in police forces in the country; reveals the extent of opportunities provided by the UAE for women to assume roles in the public sector; and highlights the efforts of the UAE in support of women enrollment in the police, and various fields of national work, said Major General Al Rumaithi.

In conclusion, Major General Al Rumaithi expressed his whishes for the conference to come up with significant outcomes and recommendations, and to achieve the coveted aspirations. He also expressed his thanks to the organizers, wishing them the best of luck and success.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by H.E Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman, Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers Council; Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Acting Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs; Major General Maktoum Ali Al Shareefi, Acting Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police; Major General Omair Muhammad Al Muhairi, Director General of Police Operations at Abu Dhabi Police; H.E Major General Dr. Abdul Quddous Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidly, Assistant Director General of Total Quality at Dubai Police; and Brigadier Sheikh Mohammed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Director General of Security and Ports Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police.

The ceremony was also attended by H.E Margaret Shorter, President of the International Women Police Association (IWPA) in the United States; directors general; and a large number of police officers. In addition, delegations from women police forces around the world, and 26 IAWP regional directors; Board of Directors of IWPA, and representatives of a number of entities and related authorities were also present.

Major Amnah Mohammed Al Bloushi, Chairwoman of the Specialized Coordinating Committee on Women Police Affairs, Chairwoman of the Emirates Women Police Association (EWPA), delivered a speech by which she said: “We gather here today with a distinguished and elite group of police and security experts and specialists , to discuss pressing issues related to the role of the female police officers and their participation in the security and police tasks and duties, as well as to exchange expertise and the latest international practices in the field.”

She added that the conference is a unique event to brainstorm ideas, exchange expertise, and review the latest developments in women police work. It is also an opportunity to promote communication and networking among security organizations. It also serves as a tool to develop the performance in crime fighting and prevention, and to curtail their dangers, and the security challenges of the transnational crimes. She said: “Combating crime is a social collective responsibility that requires concerted efforts and coordination between police agencies around the world.”

She also noted that organizing this conference in the UAE reflects the vision, the ambition and the aspirations of the higher leadership to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world in terms of safety and security. “It also reflects the world’s confidence in the prominent level attained by our country in organizing international scientific conferences. This conference demonstrates our keenness to be efficient partners and to cooperate and communicate with law enforcement entities around the world, to combat and prevent crimes, as well as activate communication mechanisms among security authorities, exchange expertise and knowledge in order to curtail all types of crime,’ she continued.

H.E Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, Major General Al Rumaithi and the audience enjoyed the Women Police Operetta, and applauded the poem “Woman in the Eyes of the Leaders”, penned by poet Faraj bin Hadi Al Mansori and recited by Captain Shamsah Hamad Al Rowahi.

Major General Al Rumaithi honored distinguished women leaders in Arab Ministries of Interior. He also received a commemorative shield from the Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, H.E Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman.

Major General Dr. Abdul Quddous Abdul Razzaq Al Obaidly, Assistant Director General of Total Quality at Dubai Police General Headquarters, also spoke at the conference. He shed the light on the role of Women Police in innovation and excellence, their prestigious achievements and their distinction in handling sensitive security tasks. He cited the example of a number of women who joined the police force since its establishment.

He also pointed out that the conference represents an opportunity for Women Police leaders from around the world and the region, to meet and exchange opinions and ideas. He said: “This would contribute to enriching the security role played by women in enforcing law, maintaining security, and protecting rights of societies.

H.E Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman, Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, indicated that Women Police enjoyed a great deal of attention from Arab law enforcement agencies, since the seventies in last century.  he said: “Previous security conferences have stressed the importance of including female staff members in the police force.” He also stressed the commitment of the Arab Interior Ministers Council to hire more women in the various policing sectors.

H.E Margaret Shorter, President of the International Women Police Association (IWPA), talked about Women Police leaders and their role in sustainable development. She praised the achievements made by the Emirati Women Police in various fields, according to the best international security standards.

Colonel Mona Abdulraheem, Women Police Director, Kingdom of Bahrain, gave an overview of her country’s experience with Women Police since its establishment in 1970, which marked a new challenge for Bahraini women.

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Women Police Achievements Exhibition

Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, accompanied by H.E Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman, inaugurated the “Women Police Achievements” exhibition, held on the sidelines of the conference, which sheds the light on women police achievements around the world, and the achievements of Arab women police. It also highlights the professional achievements and heroic and distinguished deeds made by women police members during their career, which reflect their excellence and courage while carrying out their tasks and duties.

A significant number of police authorities is taking part in the exhibition, including: the Ras Al Khaimah Police General Headquarters; the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense General Directorate; the Medical Services Department; the Community Police; the Crime Scene Department; the Anti-Corruption Department; the Security Support Department; and the Emergency and Public Safety Department. Also participating are the Police Schools Department; the Punitive and Correctional Institutions Department at Fujairah Police; the Tourism Police Department; the Ministry of Interior’s Centers for Rehabilitation and Employment of People with Special Needs, and the Anti-Narcotics Department.

A number of other authorities, institutions, and strategic partners of Emirates Women Police Association (EWPA) are also taking part in the exhibition.

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