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Permanent Observer Mission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the UN in New York Organized an Event on Support of Religious Leaders and Scholars For Women Empowerment
Permanent Observer Mission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations in New York organized an event on the sidelines of the 61st Session of the Committee on the Status of Wome (CSW) unsder the title, "Support of Religious Leaders and Scholars for Empowerment of Women in the OIC Member States” at the UN Headquarters.  This CSW side-event focused on the role of religious thoughts, and practices in promoting the cause of women and aims at employing religion as a protective factor for women. Discussions concentrated on various aspect of this topic, aiming at raising awareness of important role religious leaders and scholars can play in promoting women in the OIC Member States, as well as identify challenges and suggesting ways and means to tackle them.

The event which was held on16 March 2017 took note that despite the progress made in the field of empowerment of women in many OIC Member States over the past many years, challenges were still enormous. it further noted that women continue to suffer from lack of equal opportunities, marginalization, poverty, discrimination, violence etc. It suggested that to obtain further support to this cause, women’s empowerment and gender equality should remain top in our agenda as a cross-cutting issue of sustainable development.

The meeting underscored that in order to bring about substantial and lasting progress for women’s empowerment, religious leaders have a special role to play, given their social influence and moral authority. It was observed by many that in various contexts religious arguments have been misused and misinterpreted to justify injustices against women. Therefore, Collaboration with religious scholars and leaders on the subject would not only protect women from being targeted by wrong ideas and bad practices but would also support efforts to improve the status of women in economic, political, and social arenas.

The meeting highlighted that omen’s empowerment was not possible without their full participation in economic, social and political arenas. For this to happen, women must be able to seek and obtain educational and professional opportunities and religious scholar’s efforts towards women education and education about rights of women should strengthen and expedite the process of women’s empowerment.

Following were speakers and panelists:

1-      H. E. Yohana Yembise,

Minister of Female Empowerment and Child Protection of the Republic Indonesia


2-      H.E. Bassima Hakkaoui,

Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development of the Kingdom of Morocco


3-      H. E. Minister Mervat Tallawi,

Director General of Arab Women Organization


4-      Mr. Anwar Khan

CEO of Islamic Relief, USA


5-      Ms. Hind Al-Owais,

Senior Advisor, UN Women


Moderator:  Dr. Fadila Grine,

                      Director of Family and Social Affairs Department in the OIC General Secretariat