Profiles: Emirati Women Leading for Change
The UAE is committed to women's empowerment and its Constitution guarantees equal rights for both men and women. Women are playing increasingly large roles in all sectors across the UAE, having already achieved leadership positions in government, business, arts, and education.
Lana Nusseibeh is the first female UAE ambassador to the United Nations and the first Arab woman to be elected President of the UN Women Executive Board. In her roles, she leads global efforts on regional peace, humanitarian assistance, women's empowerment, sustainable development, and human rights. She helped launch the UN Women Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi in 2016, the first in the Arabian Gulf Region.
Sarah Al Amiri is the Minister of State for Advanced Sciences. In that role, she examines how research and science can help the UAE embrace the future. Al Amiri also serves as Science Lead on the Emirates Mars Mission, set to launch in 2020. The UAE probe, named “Hope,” will collect unprecedented data on the Martian atmosphere. Al Amiri was selected in 2016 as Chairwoman of the Emirates Scientists’ Council to lead development programs that will inspire new generations of scientists.
Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi is the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development charged with promoting cultural and knowledge development nationally and internationally. In addition to her influential role in government, she is widely recognized for her contribution to growing the UAE’s media industry. Her role as Chair of Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority and twofour54 has included overseeing the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which focus on inspiring new generations of creative leaders and cultivating talent in the region.