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.”


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.