The First Conference of Muslim Women Parliamentarians was held at the Hotel Aryaduta Convention Center in Palembang, Indonesia on Friday as part of the meetings of the Parliamentary Union of the member states in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) is composed of parliaments of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Members states.
round 500 participants including female members of parliament from 51 Muslim majority countries participate in the meeting.
The agenda of the one-day conference contained discussion of ways for enhancing the role of women in the process of development in order to strengthen democracy in the member states .
Another item on the agenda pertained to the role of Islamic organizations and civil society institutions in upholding the rights guaranteed by Islam for women.
The discussion of ways for harnessing women's abilities to solve problems and conflicts in several parts of the world, and the role of parliamentarians in alleviating the sufferings of women and children in Palestine were also among the items on the agenda.
The Algerian delegate, Mrs. Fitti Naceria emphasized the need to focus on expanding the role of women in the political and social spheres, as well as guaraneteeing women's rights.
Dr Sheikha Ali Al Owais, who represented the United Arab Emirates at the conference, suggested that this could be achieved by beginning with the role of Islamic organisations and civil society institutions can play in highlighting the rights of women as established by Islam.
Portraying her own country as an example, she spoke of the major achievements of the UAE in supporting an expanded role for women in various fields, including political and parliamentary roles.
The broader inter-parliamentary union congress will last until the end of February.
"UAE takes part in the Muslim Female Parliamentarians Conference" Emirates News Agency January 28, 2012
"Marzuki Alie : Buka Konferensi Parlemen Muslim Perempuan" Wartepedia January 28, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today