‘Her Abaya, My Gift’ project launched in collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent and Fund for Refugee Women
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – As part of celebrations for Emirati Women’s Day, Etihad Airways has launched the ‘Her Abaya, My Gift’ project, in which traditional Emirati abayas, bridal outfits and amenity kits were distributed to Syrian refugee women in the Mrajeeb Al Fhood Camp in Jordan.
The gifts were delivered by a delegation of female Emirati employees from Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, who travelled to the camp to spend time with the women and their children.
The initiative was based on principles established by Her Highness (H.H.) Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), the ‘Mother of the UAE’. It was undertaken as a combined effort by Etihad Airways and Emirates Red Crescent, in collaboration with the Fund for Refugee Women.
Ibrahim Nassir, Chief of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Etihad Aviation Group said: “We have marked Emirati Women’s Day in this, the UAE’s ‘Year of Tolerance’, by sending a key group of Emirati women from our company to spend time with refugee women and their children in the Mrajeeb Al Fhood camp in Jordan, provide them with gifts and engage in conversations about the challenges they face.
“This was an event developed to celebrate and highlight in a small way the values of tolerance, overcoming challenges and supporting women’s empowerment across the region and the world.”
The event included an open panel discussion between the Etihad delegation and women from the camp, who discussed the challenges they have faced, including difficulties in their family lives, health, education and work. A common sense of persistence, dedication, patience, positivity and mutual support came through as key values of the group. The women spoke of their own experiences, how they pulled together in times of need, and how they used their sense of community to help each other’s families.