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    ICESCO reiterates its commitment to work with its Member States to meet expectations of Islamic world girls and women

    19 March 2022

    Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), called for rendering more attention to green and circular economy, green leadership positions for women, sustainable agriculture, and nature-based solutions to adapt to climate change in women-led projects. He reaffirmed ICESCO’s commitment to work and cooperate with its Member States to meet the expectations of the Islamic world’s women and girls for a more equal future where they can assume leadership positions in different fields.

    Dr. AlMalik made this statement at an event held by the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Integration and Family in the Kingdom of Morocco, on the sidelines of the 66th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The Ministry held the event via videoconference from New York, with support from the United Nations Women Agency in Morocco and partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), ICESCO, and the Arab Women Organization, under the theme, “Green job opportunities to promote women’s economic partnership as agents of sustainable development and counter climate change.” The event saw the participation of Ms. Awatif Hayyar, Minister of Solidarity, Social Integration and Family in the Kingdom of Morocco, several ministers in charge of women issues from different countries, and several representatives of UN specialized agencies and regional Arab, African and European organizations, in addition to a host of experts and researchers.

    Dr. AlMalik stated that women have always embodied the values of stability, sacrifice, dedication and altruism, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that in recognition of their work during the pandemic, ICESCO paid tribute to women by proclaiming 2021 as the Year of Women, under the theme, “ Women and the Future,” which was accorded the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco.

    Moreover, the Director-General stressed ICESCO’s commitment to implement its new vision in the fields of building women’s capacities and embracing gender equality, both internally in terms of managing the Organization’s human resources and externally in its programs and initiatives. He underscored that ICESCO’s document on its Strategic Orientations by 2025 stresses that ensuring a greener future and supporting a positive climate action plan are two of its major strategic orientations in the fields of science and technology.

    Likewise, the Director-General highlighted the major initiatives ICESCO implemented as part of its celebration of the Year of Women. These included ICESCO’s International Forum on Women Leadership and Empowerment, exhibitions at ICESCO headquarters promoting rural women cooperatives’ products, the launch of the International Platform, “Women Pioneers across the Globe,” the Leadership Training in Peace and Security Program, and the Project for Countering the COVID-19 Pandemic through supporting Women and Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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