Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Mansour Al Faheem is running in the FNC elections. Education, health and women's rights are the main issues on his agenda. Sammy Dallal / The National
Mansour Al Faheem is running in the FNC elections. Education, health and women's rights are the main issues on his agenda. Sammy Dallal / The National

Women's rights form the cornerstone of Abu Dhabi campaigns

Abu Dhabi candidates stress the role of women in society.

ABU DHABI // Early yesterday morning, Mansour Al Faheem was in his majlis ready to start his campaign.

A senior development manager at Mubadala, Mr Al Faheem, 32, plans on developing a detailed vision, which will outline major issues in the country and offer solutions.

His campaign, he said "most importantly does not neglect women".

"Women are the majority in society here, we need to ensure equal rights for them," he said.

The education system also needs to be improved and graduates should meet market needs to reduce unemployment numbers, he added.

"A quick fix would be to employ 5 per cent locals in every company," Mr Al Faheem said. "But that does not fix the problem. Nationals need proper training and development to have what the workplace needs."

Mr Al Faheem is also concerned about problems in the health sector.

"Where there are medical errors, patients need to be compensated.

"Many travel abroad for surgeries. We have the facilities, but not enough specialised physicians. There needs to be proper screening."

Homes for newlyweds, a programme to clear the debts of nationals and social security for widows, the elderly and orphans are also among his solutions for what he sees as common problems in Emirati society.

"Nationals burden themselves with huge loans, especially housing debt," he said. "A solution would be instead of giving newlyweds Dh70,000, give them a key to a house. It would help secure their lifestyle."

Moza Al Otaiba, a member of the board of trustees of the Family Development Foundation and the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen's Council, held a news conference yesterday at her father's majlis to discuss the issues she will focus on.

"The first conference being from home was very important as participation starts from the home," she said. "Especially for women - participation starts from the home."

Although she wishes to empower working women, Ms Al Otaiba said family values are key to her campaign.

"We have seen, especially in Arab parliament, women representing women," she said. "But I will represent all sectors. This comes from my family values."

She emphasised, however, that women need more rights to help maximise their role at home and at work.

"They should not need to compromise one for the other," she said.

Although only one woman was elected in the last election in 2006, she said she was hopeful that more would be elected this year.

Rashid Al Marar, a former foreign ministry official, is the only former FNC member to run again this year.

He placed a newspaper advertisement that said he would focus on gaining a more authoritative role for the FNC. He also intends to ensure that women are empowered to participate in society.

There are 117 candidates, 22 of them women, standing for office in the emirate.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 JP Duminy played a cameo knock of 52 not out from 35 balls to tip the game in Delhi Daredevils' favour. Pawan Singh / The National

Kolkata Knight Riders lose way as Duminy sizzles for Delhi Daredevils

JP Duminy keeps his head as cameo at the death helps swing it in Delhi's favour in Dubai after captain Karthik plays the anchor role.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National