Huda Al Matroushi: “Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy has bridged the gap for everyone by continuously organizing the conference which showcases the latest breakthroughs, research and important studies in the field of sports”
Amal Bu Shallakh: “Obstacles faced were due to certain traditions. These restrictions are now starting to fade”
Abu Dhabi 28 April: The third edition of the International Conference of Sports for Women (ICSW) is all set to begin in Abu Dhabi on the 4th of May. The two day conference under the patronage of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairperson of General Women's Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood will have five panel discussion spread across the 4th and 5th of May.
The conference will take place at the Emirates Palace Hotel and has been organized by the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy. Under the leadership and supervision of HH Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of FBMA and Chairwoman of Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, all arrangements have been put in place to make the event a success regionally and internationally.
This initiative of FBMA is being lauded by all the leading lights of women’s sports in the UAE. Amal Bu Shallakh, Board Member UAE Women’s Football Federation confirmed that HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairperson of General Women's Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood is directly involved in the supervision of all arrangements for the conference, and that the management of the conference is constantly seeking her guidance. Her highness is the pioneer of the renaissance of Emirati Women and under her patronage and the commendable contribution of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, FBMA has become the umbrella sponsor for women’s sports in the region.
Bu Shallakh said that the third edition of the conference is a look at the future of women’s sports not only in the UAE but in the Middle East as a whole. She pointed out that the UAE has always led the way with ideas and vision and always looked to embrace the future. “The Middle East in general and our Arab countries in particular need such kind of conferences, which are very popular in the West. The need for a conference geared towards women athletes arose from the fact that these conferences are occasionally held here only for the male athletes, and are used as a platform to raise their issues and their problems. ICSW discusses the role of women and sports and supports the women in their thus far successful mission that began a long time ago”.
Bu Shallakh said that the Emirati woman has achieved a lot over the past few years and has proved herself deserving of what she has achieved. “We have witnessed her hold the highest of positions in her social and political life, as well as in her athletic career she is achieving milestone after milestone. These achievements are not just at the local level, but across the Gulf, Arab and international levels. Hence, it is now the time to keep pace with other experiences and to keep the conversation going armed with science to achieve victories.
“Sports in the UAE, is supported from the highest levels. Obstacles faced were due to certain traditions. These restrictions are now starting to fade. After the community was enlightened and became aware of the importance of sport for women and girls with the help and unlimited support of Her Highness Mother of the Nation. The presence of FBMA, and its initiative in spreading awareness about sports culture, women's rehabilitation and development of standards has contributed significantly to the empowerment of women as they set off towards new horizons, in real and active partnership with men in various sports fields”, she added.
Bu Shalakh’s views are supported by Huda Al Matroushi, Chairperson of the UAE Female Fencing Committee, who sees ICSW as an important platform for Arabia, Gulf and Emirati sports. “FBMA has bridged the gap for everyone by continuously organizing the conference which showcases the latest breakthroughs, research and important studies in the field of sports. This conference also brings together the global expertise of specialists in the field of sports. Further, the conference is no longer confined only to women, but even men can benefit from experiences and theses and discussions covered in each session”, she said.
Al Matroushi pointed out that ICSW has developed significantly since its inception and the benefits have been reaped by the women’s sports community. The conference has contributed in a big way towards creating awareness and educating the community on the importance of sports for all and especially women. “I call upon the Emirati girls to attend the conference, and take advantage of the sessions and workshops because that is the way to strengthen the foundations of what has been learnt and possibly achieve more”, she said, adding, “we are eternally grateful to the role that FBMA has played in the development of women's sport, as well as its continuing support”.