OIC Women’s Development Organization holds training course

KARACHI: The OIC Women’s Development Organization (WDO) held its first training course for experts from its member states at the United Nations and in capitals, a statement said on Tuesday.

For three days, the OIC Women’s Development Organization organized the first training workshop for experts from its member states with the dossier of women in the Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York and in the capitals. , under the title “The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly with special emphasis on the Third Committee”.

Ambassador Ihab Fawzy, Deputy Executive Director of the Organization for the Development of Women, opened the workshop with a presentation on the organization, its creation and its objectives, highlighting the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Member States, in particular on women and girls.

He also presented a summary of the organization’s first strategic plan, which includes four areas taking these effects into account: women’s economic empowerment, elimination of violence against women, women’s leadership in promoting more peaceful and inclusive societies; and the role of women in combating and preventing corruption.

Asa Regner, UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Programs, Civil Society and Intergovernmental Support, delivered a speech in which she addressed the various resolutions presented to the Third Committee this year regarding women’s rights, in which she praised the active role that the Organization of Women for Development will play in its countries, and the sensitization of the Organization for the Development of Women in its Member States.

She said UN women have played this expected role and have sought from the outset to initiate a strategic partnership with the WDO to achieve its goals.

Ziad Mahmasani, Head of the Secretariat of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, presented the work program of the committee, the reports submitted to it, as well as the resolutions, particularly those related to women’s issues and participation of experts in the work of the Committee.

As part of the workshop focused mainly on training experts in negotiation skills on various draft resolutions related to women’s issues in the framework of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the second session held included an interactive dialogue between keynote speakers and experts, and focused on previous negotiations on resolutions under the item on the advancement of women and other relevant decisions of the Third Committee and lessons learned from these negotiations.

In the third and final session, the focus was on the practical training of experts from countries located in New York or in the capitals.

The training was carried out by experts from the Third Committee of Egypt and Comoros, in addition to an independent expert in the field of women, in addition to the Organization for the Development of Women.

The workshop is the first of its kind that the Organization for the Development of Women uniquely presents to its Member States, under one of its main objectives, which is to strengthen the capacities of Member States in various areas. related to women’s rights and strengthen the participation of their States in various international forums, the most important of which is the United Nations.

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Mara R. Wilmoth