OIC calls for enhancing women’s presence in media

Updated 08 October 2017
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OIC calls for enhancing women’s presence in media

MANAMA: The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in coordination with the Bahrain National Commission for Education, Science and Culture and the Supreme Council of Women in Bahrain, held a workshop in Manama on ways to highlight the role of women in society and enhance their presence in the media.
Maha Mustafa Akeel, the information department director of the OIC, revealed that the workshop made recommendations aimed at empowering women in the Islamic world and enhancing their presence in the media.
She pointed out that “the most prominent recommendations were to establish a network for women media figures under the supervision of the General Secretariat of the OIC, as well as documenting the achievements of women leaders.”
She also said that women participants asked the appropriate governmental institutions to review the image of women in school curricula at all stages, as well as in religious and community discourse to be more equitable to their status and achievements.
The recommendations urged the media of all kinds in Islamic countries not to perpetuate the misperceptions of women which limits their concerns in cosmetic and fashion matters and using them in commercial advertising, and to promote the presence of women in media institutions.
The OIC and ISESCO also called for joint media activities to correct misinformation and stereotypes about women in the Western media in the context of addressing the phenomenon of Islamophobia and racial discrimination against Muslim minorities and communities in Western countries.
The workshop called upon government institutions and NGOs in the Islamic world to enable women to play their role in economic construction, social development and the promotion of political stability.
It said that this can be achieved through “the development and upgrading of national strategies, laws, policies and plans designed for women, enhancing their capabilities in the field of the media, and setting specific targets and benchmarks.”


Madinah governor receives Omani Hajj Mission head

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman meets Sheikh Sultan bin Said Al-Hinai, head of the Omani Hajj Mission, and his accompanying delegation. (SPA)
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Madinah governor receives Omani Hajj Mission head

JEDDAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Wednesday received in his office Sheikh Sultan bin Said Al-Hinai, head of the Omani Hajj Mission, and his accompanying delegation.

The meeting discussed the services provided to pilgrims from all parties involved in the Hajj.

Prince Faisal stressed the important role the official Hajj missions play in leveraging the services offered by the Kingdom to allow the pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals with ease and tranquility.

Al-Hinai gave thanks and appreciation to the Madinah governor on the welcoming reception and the care and attention given to the Omani pilgrims during their stay in Madinah.