Dubai: Union Coop, the Consumer Cooperative in the Emirate of Dubai, has signed two Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) to support the Women Empowerment Programme and provide funds towards supporting the Aquaculture Project.

This initiative is inspired by the government’s strategy and vision for 2021, which aims to achieve a good and luxurious life for people by ensuring the availability of high-quality social services, facilitating access to government services, and revitalising the strategic partnership between federal government entities, local entities, and the private sector in order to improve services provided to the public.

Both agreements were signed by Suhail Al Bastaki, Director of the Happiness and Marketing Department at Union Coop, on behalf of the Union Coop CEO, and by Afra Al Basti, Director-General of the DFWAC.

Commenting on the initiative, Al Bastaki said, “The sum provided by Union Coop to support both MoUs amounts to Dh406,000, with Dh243,000 going to support the Women Empowerment Programme, and Dh163,000 going to support the Aquaculture Project. This reflects Union Coop’s commitment to supporting innovative projects that contribute to building sustainable society.”

Al Basti said, “We value the prominent role of Union Coop in supporting the efforts of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children towards strengthening the stability and cohesion of society. The support provided will contribute to bringing new hope to many victims of violence among women and provide care and protection for them. We hope that this cooperation is just the beginning of a wider cooperation in the near future.”

The Women Empowerment Programme MoU aims at contributing to rehabilitating abused women and facilitate their reintegration into society by developing their skills and training them on new ones. It also aims at carrying out various programmes to train cases supported by Union Coop.

The Aquaculture Project agreement aims to develop management and applied life skills such as sales and purchases. It also aims to support the integration of women into society through developing their self-confidence and independence.