On March 15 each year, the UAE celebrates “Emirati Children’s Day”, to raise awareness of children’s rights in accordance with international law.
The “Emirati Children’s Day” was adopted in 2017, based on the directives of the President of the General Union of Women, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation “Mother of the Emirates”, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, to raise awareness of the rights of children to ensure their upbringing and growth in a healthy, safe and caring environment that develops their skills and abilities for the benefit of UAE society.
“Emirati Children’s Day” was first launched in 2018, alongside “Year of Zayed” activities to celebrate the founder of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who stressed the importance of ensuring rights. of the child in his land, and he laid the foundation for the protection and safety of the child, and the leadership of the country continues on, on his way to this day.
The celebration of “Emirati Children’s Day”, which also coincided with the adoption of the “Wadeema” law, aims to educate citizens or residents in the UAE and spread the basic rights of children, and improve understanding of children about their rights guaranteed by UAE law and international agreements signed by the state in this regard.
On the occasion of the adoption of March 15 as the Emirati Children’s Day, the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood urged all ministries, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and private companies, to participate in Children’s Day activities Emirati, with activities that provide opportunities to all children, citizens and residents of the country, and people determined to know their rights on this day.
The activities cover various fields of art, culture, sports, environmental protection, media, science, space science, technology and others, reflecting the role of these parties in promoting the rights of the child to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030.
It is noteworthy that Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, when celebrating Emirati Children’s Day for the first time in 2018, led the development of a national strategy to make the UAE mother, child and youth friendly, based on the approach and the principles of the late Sheikh. Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have him in his glory, and to complement the efforts of the leadership to encourage the contribution of Mothers, children and youth in building society and empower them in all cultural, cognitive, health, care and protection, environment, infrastructure and services.
The strategy works to include the rights of mothers, children, and adolescents as an essential component of development trends, strategies, goals, policies, initiatives, and projects, and to provide support and health care opportunities to mothers, provide them with adequate environments in public spaces. places and workplaces that are friendly to mother and child, improve levels of care and safety of children’s health, and provide opportunities for their balanced growth.