OIC Secretary General meets Burkinabe minister of women’s affairs in Jeddah

Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed AlOthaimeen met here on Sunday with Minister of Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action of Burkina Faso Ms. Helene Marie Marshall, Chair of the Seventh Session of the Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of Member States.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed some of the issues tabled at the meeting of the Women’s Advisory Council opened by the minister on the same day.

At the beginning of the meeting, AlOthaimeen welcomed Ms. Marshall and expressed OIC’s commitment to supporting women’s empowerment activities and programs in various fields, such as education, health, work and underage marriage.

In her turn, the Burkinabe minister valued the OIC and the SecretaryGeneral’s personal support for the success of the Seventh Session of the Ministerial Conference on Women hosted by Burkina Faso on 30 November 2018.

Ms. Marshall stressed the importance of investing in education and training for women and focusing on issues of concern to women. She added that she would work during the leadership of Burkina Faso of the current session of the Conference on Women to ensure the implementation of the OIC Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women (OPAAW) in coordination with the OIC Department of Social and Family Affairs.

It is noteworthy that the fourth meeting of the Women’s Advisory Council took place at the OIC headquarters on Sunday, in the presence of seven of its nine members representing the three OIC geographical groups (Arab, African and Asian) alongside the Chair from Burkina Faso. The meeting discussed the formation of two working groups one to develop a strategy to raise awareness of the OIC OPAAW and the other to study and enrich the concept paper on the OIC Gender Policy.

The Council also made some recommendations for ways to support the Palestinian women and stressed the importance of the ratification by the member states of the Statute of the Cairobased OIC Organization for the Development of Women, to complete the quorum and start its activity. It further affirmed the need for greater involvement of member states in the work of the Commission on the Status of Women in the United Nations.

Source: International Islamic News Agency