Arabyana NGO Participation in Multaqa Ibdaa

Hanan-presenting 1Hanan Al Mehairi, the CEO of Arabyana NGO has participated in Multaqa Ibdaa “conference” in Feb 20, 2013 and shared her experience regarding the development of Arabyana. Ibdaa conference was held in Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia. Hanan Al Mehairi was very much excited about the Saudi women who shared their experiences in creating different project to serve their communities. The attendees were Saudi business women, projects’ owners and young colleague students who want to make a difference in future. Ibdaa is very unique conference, because all organizers are women, all attendance are women, all speakers are women. Hanan was very amazed by the Saudi Arabian women, as they way they think, and they way that they are very determined to achieve their goals and objectives. Hanan’s session was scheduled with Saudi TV presenter Ms Samira Madani and Ms Amani Al Ajlan. Ms Madani, shared he experience in filming a TV reportage in very serious situation where Saudi Arabia was having an emergency case in the borders. She had this courage to go and shoot and take the risk of dying just to show the families of the soldiers that their men are doing their job towards their beloved country. Ms Al Ajlan on the other hand, was showcasing a new project in twitter which can contribute to one’s income on monthly basis. Ms Al Mehairi shared her own personal experience on how the entire Arabyana NGO was created. She highlighted that, “we were six riders who shared love and passion for horses and we wanted to be the 1st female horse riding team in the United Arab Emirates.” After a number of years, Ms Al Mehairi suggested to expand to NGO during Arabyana board committee members meeting. Ms Al Mehairi said,” if we are just a horse riding team we will only be contributing on the sports affairs but expanding will give us the opportunity to participate in various areas of our community and also will give us the chance to serve women issues in different areas.” Arabyana NGO (2006- early 2013)

Arabyana was Selected to Represent the United Arab Emirates in the United States Exchange Program

Hanan interview Hanan Interview2 Hanan - FeedbackHanan Al Mehairi Arabyana CEO was selected to represent the United Arab Emirates in a program sponsored by the United States government. The program is entitled, “The Role of NGO,s in Promoting Global Women’s Issues”. The program was timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8. This multi-regional project is designed for managers of non-governmental organization , community activists, and government officials involved in promoting women’s issues. This program will examine the role of NGOs in addressing issues that affect women worldwide. It will also take a closer look at the impact of the non-profit sector, in cooperation with government, in developing initiatives and programs that help increase women’s political participation and economic opportunities, and support women’s access to education and health care.

Arabyana Board Members Participates in Pink Caravan

Pink Caravan is the first of its kind; it’s part of Friends Of Cancer Patients national cancer campaign across the UAE. It’s vision for Pink Caravan is to become a vehicle for change by engaging all breast cancer related NGO’s to join together and unify UAE awareness efforts. Pink Caravan strives to provide throughout this campaign the latest state of the art early screening technology to be accessible for all women in the UAE. Pink Caravan is an ongoing three year campaign, not restricted to a particular month of the year, working on providing a series of programs to spread awareness through education and screening with a strong focus on the remote regions within the UAE to activate change in our community. Pink Caravan ambition is to raise 15 Million Dhs to continue our outreach to the UAE people by providing them with technically advanced methods in screening for breast cancer and support networks.

Arabyana Embasador’s of Cervical Cancer

cervical copyIn cooperation with GlaxoSmithKline “gsk” a science-led global healthcare companies that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Arabyana members were selected as ambassadors of Cervical Cancer Campaign. Arabyana NGO was selected because it consists of women founders and because it is an organization that focuses on women’s issues. Unfortunately many women die yearly because of this disease. This campaign aims at educating women about the disease and to let them take the needed vaccination before marriage and necessary scanning after marriage.

More than 70 per cent of cervical cancers caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can be prevented through vaccination, yet the UAE doesn’t have a mandatory vaccine programme.

According to medical experts, the current vaccine coverage against HPV is low in the country. Rough estimates by doctors in the private sector peg the coverage at 25 per cent. 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers cervical cancer as the second most common cancer in women worldwide with about 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths each year.

In the UAE, the rate is 7.4 per 100,000 women.

More than 70 per cent of all cervical cancers are caused by the HPV strains 16 and 18. Two vaccines protect against these two strains.

The Immunisation Guidelines by the Department of Public Health and Safety at the DHA approved Gardasil (by Merck & Co) and Cervarix (by GlaxoSmithKline).

The HPV immunisation requires three doses — administered intramuscularly — of either type of vaccine, starting at age nine.

The push for mandatory immunisation against the HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection worldwide, saw the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) announce last month a campaign offering free vaccines to Emirati women aged 18-26 in Abu Dhabi.

In 2012, the Hamdan Medical Award recommended mandatory nation-wide pre-marriage vaccination against HPV for Emirati women. The recommendation was directed at decision makers.


Showcasing “Our Right to Ride” Trailer at Dubai Women’s Campus During the 20th Anniversary

E20thmirati women’s progress in the UAE was celebrated at Dubai Women’s College’s (DWC) 20th anniversary celebrations last week.

Emirati women’s progress in the UAE was celebrated at Dubai Women’s College’s (DWC) 20th anniversary celebrations last week. The college is one of the 16 campuses of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), awarded DWC partners and outstanding alumni for their support and achievements. In his speech, he thanked everybody who had contributed to making the last 20 years at DWC a success.

“Since its inception in 1989, Dubai Women’s College emphasised its role as an essential bridge between the present and the future. It enabled its students to understand their opportunities and responsibilities to serve their country while living in a constantly changing global community.”

Safia Saeed Al Raqabani, Director of Development at Zayed University, highlighted the fact that 70 per cent of college graduates in the UAE are female.

Recent DWC graduate Hanan Al Muhairi was at DWC exhibiting the trailer of her movie Arabyana. The film tackles the issue of women horse riders in UAE society. Hanan works for the Dubai Police while pursuing her passion for filmmaking. She was awarded as a DWC alumnus for her work.

“I’m interested in making films, like dramas and documentaries. I’m not interested in [music] video clips,” she said.

By Rania Moussly, Notes Staff Reporter at Gulf News

“Arabyana, the 1st female horse-riding team in the UAE, announces the premier screening of its Feature Documentary Film “Our Right to Ride”

Arabyana Screening Arabyana Screening Awarding Sheikh Talib Interview Sheikh Talib InterviewUnder the Patronage of Her Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussien;
And the Presence of Colonel Sheikh Talib bin Saqr Al Qasimi , Chief of the Ras Al Khaimah Police

“Arabyana, the 1st female horse-riding team in the UAE, announces the premier screening of its Feature Documentary Film “Our Right to Ride”

The Film tells the story of the team founder and delves into the controversial religious, social and medical issues revolve the female horse-riding sport.

 Dubai – UAE

Under the Royal Patronage and with the presents of Her Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussien, Wife of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai; and with the presence of HH Sheikh Talib Bin Saqer Al Qassimi the General Commander of Ras Al Khaiama Police, Arabyana team- the first female horse-riding team in the UAE – is proud to announce the grand premier screening of the Feature Documentary Film “Our Right to Ride” on April, 13th 2009 at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai.

Produced by “Arabyana Horse Riding Team” and directed by the team president Ms. Hanan Al Muhairi; the film is based on the true story of the team founding six members and it follows their rough journey to overcome the challenges, conflicts, and criticisms that intercepted their path towards the desired rights and ambitions.

The project was strongly supported by H.E. Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Suliman Al Fahim, and sponsored by Roots Social Support Group, Corporate Wellness, and IIMSAM Organization – the permanent observer of the United Nations economic and social council.

The documentary highlights different aspects of female horse-riding issue, from Islamic, social and medical perspectives. It also tackles the headlong negative perceptions among the UAE people who believe horse-riding is an exclusive sport for men, as well as riffle-shooting and falconry.

The film also discusses the local community variable views and misconceptions on its issue including families’ disapproval and public rejection, lack of sponsors, Islamic point of view and fear of counter- culture suspicions with respect to dress code, worries about mixing with men in equestrian fields and the erroneous believe of possible virginity loss during the practice.

In an honest initiative; the Film interviewed many Islamic scholars, specialists and public figures and documented their opinions on female horse-riders. The interviewed sample included eminent members of the UAE society and royalties who expressed their objective opinions concerning the Film theme.

Ahead of these figures was Her Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussien, Her Highness Sheikha Madeya Bint Hasher AL Maktoum and Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Maktoum Al Maktoum.

“Arabyana” recognizes many supporters who played different rules in the film production, including the female riders Alya Taryam, Khuloud Al Jassmi, Amira Al Marri, Laila Ali Bin Masood and Anood Al Junaidi. It also treasured the efforts of Diane Crabtree, the team coach from UK who sincerely believed in the team and supported its six members.

The 60 minutes documentary film – was awarded best film treatment at “Tamaiz Awards 2008” – highlights wide range of opinions in different directions, which reflect the true nature of Emirati people who openly discussed the issues and answered the difficult, but important, question asked by the film. The film shows there categories of opinions; the supporters who are completely in favor of the female horse-riding, the skeptical individuals who express some reservations on the subject and the opponents who extremely reject the concept.

Director and producer Hanan Al Muhairi aimed to deliver an encouraging message to those who pursue a dream to stand up for the challenges. She also meant to point out the Emirati woman’s potentials and capabilities in making positive changes and altering the local society’s perceptions.

The crew acknowledges the tremendous effort exerted by many contributors in making the film successful. The crew included Ms. Al Reem (Cinematographer, Photographer and fashion designer), Shatha Al Hajjaj (PR, Campaigns & Publicity Manager) and Maha Mohammed (Videographer).

The film also acknowledges the important rule of Maryam Mohammed, Fatma Mansoor, Al Anoud Al Jenidi, Alya Taryam, Maryam Bahlooq, Hanan Al Yahya, Maha Mohammed, Shathra and Shatha Al Hajjaj, Ahmad Juma Bu Humied, Tareq Al Hashimi, Suhail Matar, Abdulqader Al Suwaidi, Hamada Anowahi, Mahfotha Al Omar and Seham Al Falahi.

“Arabyana” also thanks all officials, authorities and establishments contributed to the making efforts…

 العرض الأول للفيلم الوثائقي “عربيانا”

“حقنـا في الفروسية إخراج حنان عبدالله المهيري

                                     تحت رعاية السمو الملكي الأميرة هيا بنت الحسين             

وبحضور قائد عام شرطة رأس الخيمة اللواء سمو الشيخ طالب بن صقر القاسمي

أول فريق فروسية نسائي بالإمارات يعرض فيلمه الوثائقي الطويل (عربيانا)

 ·        الفيلم يحكي قصة تأسيس الفريق ويرد على أسئلة الدين والطب حول ممارسة المرأة لرياضة الفروسية ومدى تقبل المجتمع الإماراتي لها

 الإمارات العربية المتحدة- دبي

تحت رعاية صاحبة السمو الملكي الأميرة هيا بنت الحسين، حرم صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي، العرض الأول والخاص للفيلم الوثائقي (عربيانا)  الذي ينتجه فريق عربيانا، أول فريق فروسية نسائي في الإمارات، وتقوم باخراجه المخرجة الإماراتية حنان عبد الله المهيري.

 تم افتتاح العرض الأول لفيلم عربيانا في فندق الاتلانتس بحضور سمو الشيخ طالب بن صقر القاسمي وقام سموه بتوزيع الجوائز وشهادات التقدير لكل المساهمين في العمل.

 الفيلم سيتم عرضه في الثالث عشر من أبريل في احتفالية كبيرة  بفندق الاتلانتس بجزيرة النخلة، ويُحظى الفيلم بدعم كبير من الدكتور سليمان الفهيم سفير النوايا الحسنة لدى الأمم المتحدة، الى جانب منظمة جذور وكوربوريت ويل نس و مركز إمسام، المراقب الدولي الدائم لدى الأمم المتحدة، كرعاة رئيسيين.

 ويحكي الفيلم الوثائقي الطويل عن قصة ست فارسات إماراتيات قبلن بمواجهة التحديات إعتقاداً منهنّ بأن الذي لا يواجه التحدي لن يستطيع الوصول إلى أحلامه و أهدافه، وهنّ يؤمنّ بأن المرأة تستطيع أن تكون ناجحة وقادرة على المنافسة في ميدان الفروسية، كما يتناول الفيلم وفي جزئية كبيرة منه رؤية مجتمع دولة الإمارات للنساء اللواتي اقتحمن مجال الفروسية، كما وسيكشف الفيلم عن العديد من الجوانب الأخرى لهذه الممارسة من خلال وجهة نظر الطب وجهة نظر الإسلام و وجهة نظر المهتمين بمجال الفروسية والشخصيات الهامة في المجتع بالإضافة إلى وجهات نظر عائلات الفارسات.

 ويحتوي الفيلم على قصة تأسيس الفريق والصعوبات والتحديات التي واجهتها وتواجهها عضوات الفريق، إضافة إلى ذلك فإنه احتوى على طموحات كل عضوة مؤسسة للفريق، وناقش الفيلم ممارسة الفتيات لرياضة الفروسية خاصة وان هناك فئة كبيرة من المجتمع يعتقدون أن هذه الرياضة غير مباحة بالنسبة للمرأة في الإسلام لذا يضم الفيلم لقاءات مع مشايخ من علماء الدين من ناحية حكم الإسلام في ممارسة المرأة للفروسية حيث يوضح العلماء والمشايخ حكم الإسلام و الضوابط التي وضعها للفتاة الفارسة أثناء ممارستها لهذه الرياضة. ومن خلال لقاءات مع أطباء ومختصين في هذا المجال يناقش الفيلم الناحية الصحية لممارسة الفتاة لهذه الرياضة و ما إذا كانت هناك اعراض جانبية في المستقبل، أو كما يعتقد الكثيرون بالخطأ بأنها تؤثر على عذرية المرأة.

ومن منظور مختلف فقد قام كذلك فريق التصوير بأخذ عينة من آراء متعددة من المجتمع الإماراتي لمعرفة ما اذا كان الرجل يسمح لزوجته أواخته أوابنته بممارسة هذه الرياضة، وتبعاً للحوارات التي نفذها الفريق فإنهم وجدوا العديد من الآراء المختلفة فهناك من يسمح لأهله من النساء بممارسة هذه الرياضة و البعض الآخر الذي لا يمانع شريطة أن تمارس هذه الرياضة في مزرعة في مكان مغلق وبدون مشاركة منها في المحافل والسباقات الدولية والمحلية والمجموعة الأخيرة التي لا تتفق مع الفكرة بتاتاً،  كما أن الفيلم يقوم بتسليط الضوء على شخصيات هامة في المجتمع الإماراتي ممن لهم علاقة بهذا المجال وممن أيضاً ليسو على علاقة وطيدة مع مجال الفروسية،  وهذا لرغبة فريق العمل في معرفة النظرة التي يرون بها فارسات الإمارات ودورهم في تشجيع العنصر النسائي في هذه الرياضة، مثل صاحبة السمو الملكي الأميرة هيا بنت الحسين، الشيخة مدية بنت حشر آل مكتوم، الشيخة لطيفة  بنت مكتوم آل مكتوم، إضافة الى الفارسات علياء علي المرزوقي، علياء تريم، خلود الجسمي، أميرة المري، ليلي علي بن مسعود، عنود الجنيدي، و مدربة الفريق الرسمية ديان كرابتري Diane Crabtree وهي بريطانية الجنسية والتي عبرت عن رأيها عن هذا الفريق النسائي وقدرتهن على تحقيق أحلامهن في المستقبل..

الفيلم زمنه 60 دقيقة وقامت بإخراجه حنان عبدالله المهيري، بمساعدة طاقم العمل المساند والمكون من مريم محمد و فاطمة منصور و العنود الجنيدي وعلياء التريام و مريم بحلوق و حنان آل يحيا و مها محمد وشذرا الحجاج و أحمد جمعة بوحميد و طارق الهاشمي و سهيل مطر و عبدالقادر السويدي، حمدة انواهي، محفوظة آل عمر وسهام الفلاحي.

 والفيلم له رسالة تشجيعية لكل من يريد أن يكون مختلفاً و مستعداً لخوض التحديات، وفي هذا الفيلم الوثائقي تطمح المخرجة الى توضيح قدرة المرأة الإماراتية على احداث التغير الايجابي في وجهات نظر المجتمع الإماراتي باعتبار أن رياضة الفروسية ليست رياضة ذكورية فقط بل هي يجب أن تكون متاحة للنساء أيضاً، و كذلك تريد المخرجة أن تعرض قصة الفارسات و صراعاتهن وتحدياتهن و أحلامهن و خططهن المستقبلية.

 و الجدير بالذكر أن معالجة هذا الفيلم الوثائقي سبق لها أن فازت بإحدى جوائز التميز لعام 2008 والتي قامت بتنظيمها شركة موارد للتمويل.

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