The 6th Arab Forum on the role of the Arab Woman in sustainable development and civilian community organizations, opened on Sunday 2 March 2008. Organized by the Institute of Administrative Development in cooperation with the Arab Administrative Development Organization, and sponsored by H E Dr. Sultan bin Hassan Al-Dhabit Al-Dossari Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, the meeting gathers 125 participants from Qatar and other Arab states and will continue until March 6.
Addressing the inaugural session H E Dr Sultan Al-Dossari, who is also board chairman of the Administrative Development Institute, highlighted the active role of women in advancing the comprehensive development of the society.
He underlined the success of women in proving their ability to shoulder various top and important positions and responsibilities.
H E Al-Dossari underscored the active and distinguished role by the Qatari woman which was a fruit of the implementation of the vision of H H the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and H H the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on the necessity of enhancing the role of women and guaranteeing their participation in all activities and walks of life.
The forum aims to review and analyse the role of Arab women in sustainable development, as well as the challenges and obstacles that hinder this role compared to available opportunities women could take advantage of to promote such role.
Participants will also discuss the role the Arab woman plays in civil society institutions in addition to the administrative role she could possibly play towards developing Arab institutions and organizations.
During the five-day meeting, participants are to review the relationship between the Arab woman and sustainable development, as well as her role in developing and enhancing environmental conditions in the Arab world as per a comprehensive strategic planning that will serve the Arab community in general.
Social, legal, political and educational obstacles that prevent women from carrying out an influential role in developing their societies are also in the forum's agenda which will also include the review of some success stories and experiences in this domain.
Among participants, there is a strong presence of NGO's, Arab women associations, family and children associations, civil society organizations working in the fields of family affairs and environment, in addition to representatives of ministries of education, social affairs and environment.
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