Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi
Humanitarian & Social Activist
Sharjah’s Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi was appointed as UNHCR’s first Eminent Advocate in May 2013. In this role, she helps to increase public awareness about refugees and the work of UNHCR, with a focus on children. Her previous work with charities and fund-raising initiatives are testament to her commitment to helping relieve the suffering of people affected by war, especially women and children. Since the early 1980s, the wife of Sharjah ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has launched several humanitarian initiatives and worked hard to improve the lives of the needy, from founding organizations which support the growth, health and education of her people, to creating others which seek to improve the lives of people from around the world.
Sheikha Jawaher is patron or president of a wide range of social and humanitarian organizations in Sharjah, as well as cultural, literary and religious councils, including the Swiss-based Islamic Cultural Institute. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her social, humanitarian and development work, including the United Arab Emirates Businesswomen Award and the First Arab Lady Award.