UNICEF Honors Sheikha Fatima for Setting up Advisory Board for Children

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has lauded a push by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, to set up an advisory board for children in the UAE.

Al Tayyeb Adam, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf region, stated that the opening of the board is a “meaningful step forward” on the path of certifying the principle of unification consecrated in the Child Rights Law, also known as Wadeema’s Law.

The law has been named after Wadeema, an eight-year-old Emirati girl, who was beaten to death in 2012 by her father and another suspect. The law sets up the legal rights of all minors in the UAE, and has been drafted to protect children from birth till they reach the age of 18 from various forms of abuse, such as physical, verbal and psychological.

The board will inspire all departments in the UAE to assure the rights of children.

Sheikha Fatima is also the chairwoman of the General Women’s Union and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.