Sarah Shuhail, executive director of Ewa’a Shelters, was honoured on Wednesday evening with CEO Middle East’s Outstanding Contribution to Humanitarian Causes during a gala event at Dubai’s Emirates Towers.
The Emirati national was presented the award by Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade, on an evening that also saw the unveiling of the Most Powerful Arab Women 2012 list.
Shuhail was handed the award for her work at the Ewa’a Shelter for Women and Children, which she opened in 2008 after retiring from her position at a girls’ school.
The charity provides temporary shelter for up to 30 women and child victims of human trafficking in the UAE and funds psychological, medical and legal assistance – as well as help with rehabilitation.
Since the opening of the first branch in Abu Dhabi, two more have followed, in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
Generally between the ages of 20 and 30, and from a range of backgrounds, all residents are given mandatory check-ups, plus counselling when they arrive.
The charity has benefited from a $270,000 donation from Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the widow of HH Sheikh Zayed.
Shuhail was not the only woman on the power list to be honoured during the evening.
Professor Ilham Al-Qaradawi was commended for her Outstanding Contribution to Science, Elham Qasimi for her Outstanding Contribution to Sports, Hayat Sindi for her Outstanding Contribution to Medicine and Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum for her Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.
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