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Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls on member states to address violence against women

French feminist Caroline de Haas (C), and members of "Les effrontees" feminist movement, hold sign during a protest against violences on women at the place de la Republique in Paris, on Friday. (AFP)
RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has taken up the cause for women on the occasion of the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” on Nov. 25.

OIC Secretary-General Yusuf A. Al-Othaimeen said the occasion constitutes an opportunity to evaluate the achievements and obligations toward eliminating violence against women in all its forms.

In a statement, he called on OIC member states to address violence against women since this is not in accordance with the principles of Islam, adding that member states should adhere to relevant international conventions.

He added: “OIC organizations and institutions should also support workers in this field in member states and build the capacities of religious scholars to play an effective role in the elimination of violence against women.”

Al-Othaimeen pointed out that OIC’s efforts “aim at the advancement and empowerment of women, especially those living under occupation and in situations of armed conflicts.”

He added that the OIC focuses on efforts toward the elimination of all forms of violence against women and the protection of their rights, poverty eradication, promotion and women participation in decision making.

Through historic royal decrees, women members on the Shoura Council are among those who advise to King Salman on policies and legislation.

Plans are also afoot for the Kingdom to empower women scholars to play a greater role in the Islamic ruling process, with the Shoura Council planning to authorize them to issue fatwas and pave the way for them to contribute to Islamic research rulings.

Al-Othaimeen also stressed the need for OIC member states to develop comprehensive plans to overcome the challenges and difficulties facing women in achieving sustainable development

He added that this is within the framework of partnership between women and men in the process of building and achieving the well-being of society.

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