Egypt: OIC Women’s Development Organization meeting launched

The second extraordinary session of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for the Development of Women, affiliated with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was launched in Cairo on Monday 5/7/2021.

A galaxy of ministers, women ministers and heads of delegations attended the four-day session.

The activities started with a meeting of senior officials from member states of the organization.

The gathering is being held for the first time in Egypt in the country’s history.

OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian, Cultural and Social Affairs Tarig Ali Bakheet thanked Egypt for hosting this important meeting and praised President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s initiative to pay annual contributions of least developed countries to the OIC Affiliated Women’s Development Organization (WDO).

He called the initiative “distinguished”, as it reiterates Egypt’s commitment to empower women in the Islamic world.

The Organization for the Development of Women is a specialized organization affiliated to the OIC and its headquarters are in Cairo.

The organization currently includes 15 Islamic countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritania, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates.

A large number of Islamic countries have signed the statutes of the organization.

Mara R. Wilmoth