SHARJAH: Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, paid a visit to the headquarters of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday morning in Geneva, Switzerland.
She was received by the High Commissioner of UNHCR, Antonio Guterres (10th UNHCR High Commissioner and former Prime Minister of Portugal). They discussed the vital role UNHCR plays around the world and in the Middle East in helping refugees in war-torn areas.
Sheikha Jawaher also met with the head of the Africa bureau of UNHCR with his team. The bureau briefed her on the situation in Somalia and the work UNHCR is doing in the region to support Somali refugees.
They presented a video highlighting the work that was done due to Her Highness’ contribution to the UNHCR efforts in Somalia. She also met with the head of the MENA Bureau and discussed the current situation in the Middle East and in particular the refugee crisis caused due to the situation in Syria.
Sheikha Jawaher has always followed the plight of the distressed around the world and in particular the Middle East and has provided her support to the people who are suffering and in need of help.
Her work, over the past 30 years, focused on improving the lives of women, children and families in Sharjah and the UAE as well as other parts of the world.
She has been supportive and involved in helping those who are less fortunate in and outside the country. One of the outstanding examples of her work is Salam Ya Seghar (SYS), which was launched in 2007 to help the Palestinian children and their families to overcome the blockade.
SYS is still working diligently to support children in Palestine.
Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) is a non-profit organisation under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher. It was founded in 1979 to serve children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.
The organisation provides rehabilitation services, training courses, physiotherapy and psychological support. SCHS also includes an organisation dedicated to orphans, which takes care of all their needs specially their education.
Sheikha Jawaher also has under her patronage a number of charity organisations dedicated to spreading awareness about diseases that are prevalent in the UAE and helping those who are suffering by providing them with the right support and information to cope with it and overcome it.
These organisations are dedicated to spreading awareness about cancer, kidney-related ailments, diabetes and arthritis to name a few.
UNHCR have been awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes for innovative services in helping the refugees. They aim to protect the rights and well-being of refugees. In addition, they strive to guarantee that every refugee seeking asylum is granted it and they also aid refugees who are ready to go back home when it is safe for them to return.
Sheikha Jawaher praised the work of UNHCR and commented on their dedication and hard work to reach refugees in need around the world and mobilise world support for those in need.
Sheikha Jawaher commended in particular their emergency relief efforts where they are able to reach any country in crisis within 72 hours and are able to provide food and shelter to the homeless refugees.