Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen congratulated the women all over the world, praising particularly those in the areas of conflict, crisis, and war, especially women in the occupied Palestine, Syria, Yemen and other member states as well as in the Rohingya camps.
In a statement issued on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on Thursday, he stressed that this day is of special importance for OIC, which makes it a priority to support the role of women in the development of society and to help them overcome difficulties and the challenges they face in achieving their rights.
The OIC chief called on the international community to intensify efforts in order to alleviate the suffering of women and children in those areas. “The suffering experienced by women in many countries of the world results from instability due to wars and armed conflicts, in addition to marginalization, exclusion, and the inability of women to contribute efficiently to decision-making,” he noted while calling on member states to have further cooperation in order to enhance the participation of women in all fields, noting what has been achieved in some member states and underlined the need for more efforts to empower Muslim women in their societies.
The secretary general also noted that, despite these challenges, women have been able to balance their role in society and their educational and social responsibilities and have made significant personal achievements.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen also announced that the first OIC Goodwill ambassador in the area of women’s empowerment, the defense of the values of the marriage and family foundation, and the fight against the marriage of underage girls would be disclosed on this occasion, wishing her all success in her noble mission.
He reiterated the OIC’s continued efforts in the advancement of women and called on member states that have not yet ratified the statute of the Organization for the advancement of women to expedite the ratification process as a matter of priority and accelerate the empowerment of women and strengthen their capacities in member states.
Source: International Islamic News Agency