Today, the UAE marks the eighth annual Emirati Women’s Day.

As an occasion to empower Emirati women, the day was launched by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed and Mother of the Nation, in 2015.

The theme for this year’s Emirati Women’s Day is “We collaborate for Tomorrow”, aligning with the values of the country and with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed AL Nahyan’s declaration of 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability.’

To delve further, we spoke to inspiring women. The first woman being Amna Bahihashem, the award-winning showjumper and equestrian rider and her friend Muna Al Mazrouei, who is a Desalination Manager by profession.

A mechanical engineer by profession with a Master’s in Moral Economy and Sustainability, a businesswoman and a philanthropist, it’s safe to say Banihashem can’t be pigeon-holed.

However, what is her true passion and calling is horses. As an award-winning equestrian rider, Banihashem is one of the most decorated showjumpers in the region having ridden for both His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

“Emirati women have proven there is no task that is impossible due to their hard work and innovation,” Sheikha Fatima has previously said.

“The biggest influence on my character was horses.” , she tells Emirates Woman with pride. “They definitely taught me to never take no as an answer.”

As a true advocate for women’s empowerment, Banihashem hopes to inspire women from this region and around the world to follow their passions in life.

Watch the full interview in the video below.

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