Jeddah: The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) participated in the first virtual women conference entitled "The Role of Muslim Women in Societies in Times of Crises" organized by the Abu Dhabi-based World Muslim Communities Council on July 04, 2020.
In the speech of the OIC General Secretariat, Mrs. Mehla Talebna, Director General of Cultural, Social, and Family Affairs, indicated that the OIC promotes joint Islamic action to empower women through its ten-year programme of action (OIC-2025), the OIC Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women (OPAAW), and the resolutions of the Islamic Summit Conference, Council of Foreign Ministers, and relevant sectoral conferences.
On the other hand, Mrs. Maha Aqeel, Director of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, participated in the first session of the conference entitled "Initiatives to Face the Effects of Crises" where she affirmed that "the role of women during the COVID-19 pandemic both in the front lines in the health and security sectors or at home or remote education and work under difficult circumstances, is a conclusive evidence of the importance of supporting and empowering women to undertake their role at all times and not only under crises." Mrs. Aqeel focused on the OIC initiatives in this framework, including the OPAAW and the enhancement of the role of women in crisis situations. She referred to the ministerial decision adopted by the Seventh Session of the Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in Development in Member States held in December 2018 in Burkina Faso on the role of women in settling disputes and promoting social peace, which called on Member States and the international community to take all appropriate measures to allow the full participation of women in any peace process, particularly in preventing, managing, and settling conflicts.