As part of the commitment of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak - Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of The Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation - to raise awareness among all society segments of children’s right in order to grow in a healthy, safe and supportive environment that develops their abilities and skills, which reflects positively on UAE’s society as a whole; and the endorsement of the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, The Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood announced the launch of the ‘Emirati Children’s Day’ to be celebrated yearly on the 15th of March.

The Council extends an invitation to all entities in the UAE including ministries, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, small and large private enterprises, municipalities, universities, schools and nurseries, in addition to media and individuals to carry out activities, initiatives, programmes, competitions and awareness campaigns on children’s rights at local and national levels. The launch of the Emirati Children's Day coincided with the activities of ‘Year of Zayed’, celebrating the legacy of the UAE's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who established the foundations of child safety & protection, hence paving the means for the insightful approach followed by our wise leadership. Wadeema law was launched in 2016 by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to promote a culture of extensively protecting children’s rights. This reflects the UAE leadership’s unwavering commitment to empower children, improve their welfare and fulfil all their rights; therefore, build a delighted, socially and economically engaged generation.

The Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood urged all ministries, governmental and non-governmental as well as private entities to participate in recognizing the Emirati Children's Day through a range of activities and opportunities provided for all children including nationals, expatriates and children with disabilities (children of determination). Participating entities can organize activities in many fields including arts and culture, sports, environment protection, media, science, space and technology among others, in order to reflect their role in promoting children’s rights and working towards fulfilling the UAE Vision 2021 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030. These activities are aimed at empowering children and increasing their awareness on their rights and responsibilities at the family, community and national levels, besides instilling respect for pluralism, tolerance, acceptance and solidarity amongst children once they comprehend their rights and responsibilities – all in accordance to key elements: a clear message that revolves around children, always include children of determination, to be implemented in parks, sports clubs, youth centers, shopping centers, public beaches, schools, community centers and any public place. In addition to promoting these activities and initiatives through using the #EmiratiChildrensDay2019 or #يوم_الطفل_الإماراتي2019 on social media platforms.

Focused on enriching children’s knowledge, promoting values of tolerance and patriotism, and encouraging innovation

"Children’s Retreat"

"Children’s Retreat" is the signal marking the launch of a series of workshops organized for children under the name of "Children’s Retreat” on the 15th of March 2018 which 200 children participated at from all over the UAE in Umm Al Emarat park, Abu Dhabi. The retreat included children from all categories; such as children of determination and children from Dar Zayed for Family Care. The 11 workshops focused on enriching children’s knowledge, promoting values of tolerance and loyalty to the UAE, and stimulating innovative thinking with the presence of a group of dignitaries covering respective fields as follows: Art and literacy creativity, visual arts, patriotism, my rights and duties, innovation, tolerance, sports, technology, environment, music and media.

"Engaging with children is an essential part of the National Motherhood and Childhood Strategy," said HE Rym Al Falasy, Secretary General of The Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood. "The Children’s Retreat represents the commitment of The Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood to involve children from all backgrounds in the activities and workshops taking place during the ‘Emirati Children's Day’, lending them a listening ear to all their dreams, aspirations, challenges and helping overcome them."

The ‘Emirati Children’s Day’ fully reflects the words of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak- Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of The Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation - on children, “If indeed we aspire for our society to be well-educated and informed, we must start with our children. Children are the future, and how we raise them defines the future of our nation. Therefore, we must work hard for children’s welfare and focus on their health, social and cultural development.” Her Highness has given the highest priority, since the UAE’s inception 46 years ago, to childhood being one of the deeply rooted family values of the Emirati society. Therefore, HH provided children with targeted attention towards social, educational and health fields as she believes that these efforts are vital to establishing a developed and unified society where everyone enjoys security and stability.

Emirates Mother, Child & Adolescent Friendly:

On the occasion of launching Emirati Children's Day celebrations for the first time in 2018, Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak - President of the General Women's Union, President of The Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood and the Supreme chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation – gave directives to develop a national Emirates Mother, Child & youth Friendly strategy. This comes in line with the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s principles of humanity - the cornerstone of development - and the wise leadership’s interest in investing in humanity, which made the UAE a unique global model in the field of human development and empowerment at all levels and instilling happiness in its citizens and residents. The remarkable progress that has been achieved enables the UAE to become human friendly in general and mother, child & adolescent friendly in particular.

Therefore, Her Highness called for the initiation of the national Emirates Mother, Child & adolescent Friendly strategy in order to complement the leadership’s endless efforts in encouraging the participation of mothers, children and adolescents in building society and empowering them in all cultural, knowledge and health sectors, in addition to care, protection, environment, infrastructure and other services.

This strategy will incorporate the rights of mothers, children and adolescents as a key component of development orientations, strategies, objectives, policies, initiatives and projects; as well as, provide support and health care opportunities for mothers, appropriate environments in public places, workplaces that are mother & child friendly, improve the levels of health care and safety for children and to provide children with opportunities for growth.