GCC female decision-makers wrap second conference in Abu-Dhabi

By Barak al Jassar, KUNA

Abu-Dhabi : Concluding the Second Regional Conference of Female Parliamentarians and Women in Decision-Making here Wednesday, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) female politicians agreed to form a grouping for woman political empowerment in the GCC member countries.

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The conferees hailed the support given by the political leaders of the GCC countries to women, Director General of the Kuwaiti Women Cultural and Social Association Lolo’a Al-Mulla who led the Kuwaiti delegation to the conference, told KUNA.

The instructions of the leaders of the GCC countries have greatly helped women in the region to assert themselves in politics, according to Lolo’a.

The conferees recommended the formation of standing committees on women affairs in the parliaments of all GCC countries in order to review national legislations related to women with a view to harmonizing them with relevant international legislations, she disclosed.

They also recommended the launching of a GCC center for reviewing the progress made in the field of woman political empowerment in the region.

The proposed center will serve as a regional scientific think-tank for women institutions, family affairs, female parliamentarians and women in decision-making Lolo’a pointed out.
The two-day event, held in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) provided an opportunity for the GCC female MPs and women decision-makers to assert themselves as effective partners in the political process and socio-economic development in the region. The Kuwaiti delegation to the conference included Iqbal Al-Issa – of the Kuwaiti Women Cultural and Social Association, Fatema Dagher and Salwa Al-Mulla – of the General Secretariat of the National Assembly, Salwa Al-Ajami and Huda Al-Shaiji – of the cabinet women committee as well as members of the General Federation of Women Ghanima Al-Haider and Fatema Al-Hasawi.