OIC prepares for ministerial conference on women’s role in development

JEDDAH — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a two-day workshop in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, as part of the preparations for the upcoming seventh ministerial conference on the role of women in development in member states. The workshop was inaugurated on June 28 (Thursday) by Helene Marie Laurence Ilboudo Marchal, Burkina Faso’s minister for women, national solidarity and family.

Marchal stated in her inaugural address that the OIC member states have successfully created legal and institutional environment to promote women’s fundamental rights nearly 10 years after the adoption of the first OIC Action Plan for the Promotion of Women in Cairo, however many challenges remain.

In this regard, she urged the member states and the OIC institutions to take appropriate measures to address these challenges.

Ambassador Hesham Youssef, OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian, Social and Cultural Affairs, read a written speech of OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen, in which he highlighted the efforts undertaken by the OIC through its various institutions in promoting the role of women in development in the member states and the progress made in this area. He also lauded the spirit of selflessness that characterized women in the member states, particularly in Palestine where they pay a heavy price due to the oppression of the Israeli occupation. He further reaffirmed the availability of the General Secretariat to work in collaboration with Burkina Faso and the OIC institutions for the success of the upcoming ministerial conference on women.

The workshop touched on the themes, documents and projects to be submitted to the ministerial conference which is scheduled to be held on Nov. 28 in Burkina Faso. The workshop brought together representatives of relevant OIC organs and institutions, members of the Advisory Committee on Women as well as a number of Burkina Faso’s institutions. – SPA

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