Mariam Al Mansouri, an F-16 fighter pilot in the UAE Air Force who led strikes against militants in Syria last year, has received the Asia Game Changer Award at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Organisers said Al Mansouri, who was among nine honorees, is a role model for women throughout the Arab world for battling stereotypes.
As a fully qualified, highly trained, combat-ready pilot and wing leader in the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, Al Mansouri was an active member of the UAE air force team participating in the airstrikes conducted in Syria, news agency WAM reported.
Al Mansouri was born in Abu Dhabi and graduated from the country's Khalifa bin Zayed Air College in 2007. She is one of eight children and has a degree in English literature.
She received the Mohammed bin Rashid Pride of the Emirates medal for excellence in her field.
Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, attended the awards ceremony along with representatives of states, senior UN officials, and members of the diplomatic community at the UN.
Nusseibeh congratulated Al Mansouri for being awarded the Asia Society Game Changers Award, saying the recognition is an honour for all Emirati women. She lauded the general policy adopted by the Government of the UAE as a key priority to ensure that women leaders were provided real opportunities for empowerment.
She said Al Mansour, the first squadron leader in the UAE Air Force, has set a "living example of the role of the woman in a moderate, tolerant Muslim country like the UAE".
Asia Society said the Asia Game Changers Awards recognise those making a transformative and positive difference to the future of Asia and the world.
Source: Arabian Business