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Qatar keen to empower women in all sectors, says MoFA official

Qatar keen to empower women in all sectors, says MoFA official

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar is keen on empowering women and providing support and an enabling environment that would enhance their political, civil, social, economic and cultural rights, said Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Faisal bin Abdullah al Henzab.
Henzab made the remarks during the opening of a seminar entitled ‘Empowerment of Women in Humanitarian, Development and Peace’, organised by the Department of Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy, as part of International Women’s Day.
Henzab said the national legislation issued in recent years reflects the state’s increasing interest in promoting and protecting women’s rights, eliminating gender discrimination, and establishing the rules of gender equality in various fields.
He referred to the Amiri Decree No 22 of 2017, which saw four women joining the Shura Council and doubling the number of Qatari women joining the judiciary, public prosecution and the diplomatic corps.
“Qatar had affirmed its full commitment to implementing its obligations under the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and to cooperate with the Committee and other international and regional mechanisms,” the ambassador added.
He highlighted the State’s launch of several initiatives at the regional and international levels, such as Silatech, which since its establishment in 2008 has contributed to the employment of about 1,000,000 young men and women and aims to provide two million jobs by 2020 within the Arab world, Education Above All, Educate A Child, Al Fakhoora, Protecting Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) and Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), which contribute to many children’s access
to education.
Henzab noted Qatar’s support of the Charlevoix Declaration on the provision of quality education for girls and pledged to provide education for one million girls by 2021 during the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani’s participation in the Leaders Dialogue round table entitled ‘Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries’, at the invitation of Prime Minister of Canada HE Justin Trudeau, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly during its 73rd session.
He underlined Qatar’s committed role in promoting and protecting women’s rights and empowerment at the regional and international level. Qatar has provided financial support to several international initiatives and will spare no effort to continue to empower women at the national, regional and international levels.
Ambassador of Canada to Qatar HE Stefanie McCollum praised the ministry for organising the seminar.
The seminar was moderated by Director of the United Nations Center for Human Rights Training and Documentation for Southwest Asia and the Arab Region Dr Abdulsalam Sayed Ahmed and was attended by a number of ambassadors accredited to the State and members of the diplomatic corps.

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