INSIDE THE MIDDLE EAST
Zayed's Legacy (pages 85 - 88)
With the death
of the United Arab Emirates' President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan
Al Nahyan, an era has ended, but his legacy of promoting women's
rights continues. Rebecca Ponton reports from
mourns the loss of its beloved leader and "father."
When he died on November 2, 2004, at the age of 86, Sheikh Zayed
bin Sultan Al Nahyan had been the leader of the United Arab Emirates
- a federation composed of seven emirates located on the Arabian
Gulf - since its formation in 1971, and its only president. Upon
hearing of his death, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised
him as a voice of moderation and someone who promoted understanding
between cultures. And no one was more vocal about the rights of
will not be forgotten; in fact, they're written in stone. As you
walk through the gates of the Women's General Union (WGU) in Abu
Dhabi, you are greeted by this quote, carved into the grey tile
plaque mounted above a fountain:
paid close attention to the development of our women and I will
give them any support they need. --Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
He was a man of his word . . .
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