The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has organized a workshop on “The role of women in the development of OIC member states”, in collaboration with the Statistical, Economic, Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), a subsidiary organ of OIC, on October 3-4 at SESRIC headquarters in Ankara, Turkey.
The workshop is studying the essential ways and means to improve the status and conditions of women in the OIC member states to enable them to participate effectively in the political, economic, cultural and social spheres.
It also evaluates the implementation of the OIC Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women (OPAAW), adopted in 2008, as well as the challenges faced in the implementation of OPAAW and how to move forward.
The workshop also has special sessions on women’s role in maintaining peace and security in OIC member states, best practices for empowering women and role of women in the media.
The outcome of the workshop will be submitted to the 6th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of OIC Member States, to be held on November 1-2 in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Participating in the workshop are national higher councils of women in OIC member states, relevant ministries, OIC institutions and regional and international institutions as well as international experts and academics.