The founder and artistic director of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation donated a share of proceeds from the 2013 Abu Dhabi Festival to the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education and signed a framework agreement with the Director-General at UNESCO Headquarters, on 28 May
“We are deeply grateful for this important contribution and we are proud to you have you as partners, supporters and doers,” said the Director-General Irina Bokova, thanking the United Arab Emirates for its strong support to UNESCO across the Organization’s mandate. She expressed appreciation to the Abu Dhabi Festival for showing solidarity towards advancing girls’ right to education worldwide. “This is how we bring social justice and give a chance to communities, families, societies to develop peacefully and sustainably.” Mrs Bokova praised the foundation for promoting culture and the arts: “We know the power of the arts for transforming societies, educating about certain values and uplifting the human spirit. I know this is the conviction of your Foundation and of the United Arab Emirates.” The Director-General praised the UAE for its political will and leadership in promoting equal opportunities and social inclusion, educating girls and women, and promoting arts and culture.
Ms Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, founder and artistic director of the Festival, thanked the Director-General for emphasizing the role of the arts for promoting understanding, peace and unity, noting that the Abu Dhabi festival has welcomed numerous UNESCO artists for peace over the years. “We are honoured to work closely with you on a subject that is close to my heart – literacy and education for girls and women,” emphasizing that education is the key to giving women equal opportunities and promoting their leadership.
The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to UNESCO, H.E. Mr. Abdullah Alneaimi, was also present at the ceremony.