Emirati women develop leadership skills

A summer leadership camp in Sharjah helped empower Emirati women to become future leaders of the nation

The first Afaq Leadership Camp has been held in Sharjah, aimed at helping 40 Emirati women play more active roles in social and cultural discussions.

The camp was held under the directives of Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs Sharjah, and aimed to further develop the spirit of leadership among young Emirati ladies.

Organised by Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah, and in collaboration with Sharjah Police General Directorate and Ministry of Health, the camp consisted of several programmes running at the 72 by Hues Hotel Sharjah.

Courses included the internationally recognised ILM qualifications programme, workshops on building confidence and self-esteem, communicational skills, and volunteering, as well as a recreational excursion.

Aisha bint Khalid Al Qasimi, assistant manager of Sajaya Girls Sharjah, said: “We strove to raise awareness pertaining to the culture of social responsibility and community participation by fostering knowledge, experience as well as nurturing participants’ natural abilities.

“There are plans to hold a series of successive courses in the years to come, which will guide, educate and enable Emirati girls continue their successful careers in the government sector.

“These courses will enhance leadership skills in women who can then make an inspiring contribution to the UAE’s sustainable development.”

Hind Farid Al Fardan, head of the activities committee, added: “The camp will continue gathering momentum and drawing attention through constant development.

“For this purpose, we will constantly study each and every suggestion proposed by the team and participating girls as well as take into account parents’ recommendations.”

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