PARIS, 7th October, 2016 (WAM) — “I was impressed with the great role played by women of the UAE and their keenness to participate in the electoral process,” Catherine Coutelle, Head of the Women’s Rights Committee at the French National Assembly (FNA) said during her meeting with Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), in Paris today.

The meeting, attended by the members of delegation accompanying the FNC Speaker and UAE’s Ambassador to France Mudhid Hareb Al Khaili, discussed ways to enhance co-operation between the FNC and FNA in different fields, as well as means to exchange expertise and enhance efforts to promote issues related to women and local communities.

Coutelle welcomed Dr. Al Qubaisi and her delegation and praised the progress she witnessed during her visit to the UAE during the FNC elections in 2015.

“I was also impressed with the progress made in all areas, particularly the empowerment of women,” she added.

Dr. Al Qubaisi and Coutelle stressed the importance of sharing best practices in supporting women’s rights at the global level.

Dr. Al Qubaisi applauded the role played by the Women’s Rights Committee at the FNA, including the effective contribution in developing laws which ensured that they were enacted to boost women’s participation in the political process.

She spoke about the journey of women’s empowerment in the UAE, their contribution to the comprehensive development drive and their participation in the decision-making process, which is evident in several women occupying senior posts in the government.

Al Qubaisi attributed this to the leadership’s confidence and to the Emirati society’s appreciation of the roles of women and youth and the approach to provide happiness and to champion values of tolerance.

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