Message of the OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
THE Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is privileged to join the International community in commemorating the International Day for the elimination of violence against Women. This Day (25 November) provides us with an opportunity to renew our common resolve to continue efforts to eliminate violence against women including domestic violence. The important role of women in overall socio-economic developments in different capacities including their vital role in the family as a mother and wife cannot be overstated. Their contributions however, will remain unappreciated unless we can ensure to protect them against violence. It is unfortunate that we still find women in all societies including the most developed ones, being subjected to beating, torture and rape. Most of these crimes are not reported.
Although we have witnessed some encouraging improvements in the overall conditions of women including alleviating violence against women in its various forms and manifestations, the situation in many parts of the world particularly the developing and least developed countries remains gloomy as women are vulnerable to the threats and challenges in this field.
The observance of the day reminds us of the necessity to strengthen our efforts to combat against this phenomenon which violates some basic human rights and runs contrary to the basic principles and teachings of Islam that strongly reject all forms of violence against women and uphold their rights. We must stand united against this evil phenomenon through all available means in order to make sure that women are protected against any violation of their rights particularly against all forms of violence that are guaranteed by the International laws and conventions as well as national laws and legislations.
It was in accordance with the Cairo Declaration on Human rights in Islam and the OIC Ten-Year Program of Action adopted by the 3rd Islamic Summit Conference that the OIC Plan of Action for Advancement of Women (OPAAW) was adopted by the Second Ministerial Conference held in Cairo in November 2008. In the same spirit we have established a specialized institution for the advancement of women in Cairo.
I am sure that effective implementation of the OPAAW alongside other relevant international instruments will help us overcome difficulties that hinder our efforts to reach the aspired goal of eliminating the violence against women.
It is our common responsibility to work together and step up our efforts to help eradicate violence against women.
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