GABORONE, Botswana, 21st May, 2018 (WAM) — A delegation from the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, FBMA, has participated in the 7th edition of the globally renowned International Working Group on Women and Sport, IWG, which concluded yesterday in Gaborone, Botswana.
The conference, which takes place every four years, hosted some of the most influential figures in the industry all gathered together for three days to discuss the strategy cycle for women and sports globally and to reflect on the experiences and learnings of the past four years.
Many pioneering women spoke at the conference in different panels on their experiences all pertaining to the main theme, ‘Determine the Future. Be Part of the Change’. These included Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, Nada Al Nashif, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO, and Sarai Bareman, Chief Women’s Football Officer at FIFA, among others.
Maitha Al Arfi, FBMA representative, who represented the academy said, “It was a great realisation that the challenges in developing women’s sports that we face in the UAE are rather global issues. It was also an experience of pride to realise that although a relatively young nation, the UAE has reached great lengths and extents in developing women’s sports”. Maitha herself is a testament to what the FBMA are doing in support of young women and their careers in the sports industry.
This was the second time that the UAE and the FBMA were represented at the IWG World Conference on Women and Sports, the first being during the sixth edition in Helsinki, Finland in 2014. This year the FBMA was invited to present its work under the topic “Developing women sports in the Middle East: a case study of the UAE‘s efforts to increase female participation and trigger behavioural change in sports”.
Al Arfi touched upon the female empowerment vision of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and paid gratitude to Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of FBMA, Al Ain Ladies Club, and the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, for her undivided guidance and direction to the academy.
Attendees at the IWG were very impressed with how far the FBMA has reached and congratulated the delegation on their great work towards growing women’s sports in the UAE.