OIC Secretary-General Taha reaffirms commitment to empower Muslim women's rights
Jeddah, November 07, 2023, Hissein Brahim Taha, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), expressed the OIC's unwavering commitment to advancing the rights and empowerment of Muslim women. This dedication culminated in the adoption of the OIC Program of Action for the Advancement of Women (OPAAW), which is widely recognized as a guiding framework for progress in Muslim societies.
These sentiments were shared by Taha during his address at the International Conference on Women in Islam: Status and Empowerment, organized by the OIC General Secretariat at the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and hosted in Jeddah. Taha underscored the conference's timeliness, given the ongoing Israeli aggression against Palestinians, with a particular focus on the suffering of Gazan women, children, the elderly, and other innocent civilians in the face of a distressing international silence.
Taha emphasized the continuous tragedy in Gaza and the collective responsibility to expose Israeli brutality and defend the rights of Palestinian women, the Palestinian people, and the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque. He also highlighted OIC's determination to engage in constructive dialogue to empower Afghan women, ensuring their access to education at all levels and participation in public life.
The conference is expected to play a pivotal role in promoting and affirming women's rights in Islam and will result in the adoption of the Jeddah Document on Women's Rights in Islam.