Geneva: The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) participated in a side event of the presentation of the third UAE report on human rights at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
It took part as a civil society organisation concerned with women and children in the UAE. The event was organised by a platform at the UAE Civil Society Exhibition, where the foundation presented several publications and pamphlets on its experience in providing protection and care services to the victims of violence and human trafficking of women and children.
It highlighted its role in providing shelter, social, psychological, legal and health services, in addition to qualifying victims to enter the labour market.
Afra Al Basti, director-general of DFWAC, said the foundation was proud to participate in the event and being part of the human rights work in the UAE. She said the UAE accomplished key achievements that made the country a destination for work, tourism and residence for more than 200 nationalities.
She added that the foundation’s cooperation with government agencies in the UAE is a successful example of the joint work of civil society organisations and governments. This, she added, resulted in the provision of many important services and initiatives that supported the foundation’s efforts in providing advanced protection and care for the victims of violence and human trafficking.
“The foundation has succeeded in changing the society’s perception and attracted attention to the issues of violence against women and children through the implementation of several annual awareness campaigns, such as the Orange Campaign that focuses on violence against women and the Childhood Protection campaign about child abuse. This would not have been possible without the great cooperation of the various official bodies in the UAE, and the availability of the necessary atmosphere,” Al Basti said.
She also commentated, during the discussions of the Human Rights Council, about the services offered by the UAE for abused women and the existence of shelters in the UAE to provide all psychological, social, health and legal services as well as rehabilitation and empowerment programmes.
The DFWAC presented at the exhibition a summary of its main awareness campaigns through showing a video on the Orange Campaign, an annual campaign organised by the foundation in conjunction with the UN International Day to eliminate violence against women. The campaign focused last year on combating the prevailing forms of psychological and verbal violence against women in society.
The foundation also presented a video of its Child Protection campaign, an annual campaign that began eight years ago and aims to educate the community on how to deal with children and how to communicate with them. Last year’s campaign included a leaflet and video clips under the hashtag #makeitstop, which focused on the Child Protection Law of the UAE.
During the exhibition, the foundation also presented its achievements in the field of educating the community, parents and students on bullying, and also reviewed its most prominent empowerment and capacity-building programmes for victims of violence and human trafficking of women who are sheltered at the foundation.