7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Gender equality call to UN

A SENIOR Bahraini diplomat yesterday called on the United Nations to pressure countries around the globe into promoting gender equality and female empowerment.

The message was delivered by Foreign Ministry Political Affairs and International Co-operation Under-Secretary Ahmed Al Haddad at the opening of the Bahrain Universities Model UN (Bumun) General Assembly.

He said Arab societies were becoming more aware of the need to advance women and improve their rights.

"Many countries, including Bahrain, have made good progress in empowering women and therefore I call upon the UN to push for all nations in the world to follow because it is very important for the development of a country," he told participants at the Mšvenpick Hotel.

"This would require combined efforts of all countries and civil societies in empowering men and women equally around the world.

"UN bodies have helped to improve women's rights in over 100 countries by eliminating discrimination and violence against women."

He highlighted the role Arab women themselves have played in rising through the ranks.

"Various societies have been working on eliminating all kinds of discrimination against women," he said.

"Considerable efforts by Arab women have been made to conduct programmes that enhance women's rights."

The opening ceremony was also attended by diplomats, representatives of Bahrain universities, two universities from Qatar and Kuwait, participants' parents and other guests.

General Organisation for Youth and Sports youth affairs director Hisham Al Jowder said the programme could shape participants' futures.

"This programme introduces the youngsters to mental skills where they discuss, share ideas and get to know one another," he said.

NYIT student and third Bumun secretary-general, Mariam Ramadan, said her participation in the forum had been unforgettable.

"It not only immerses youth in the study and discussion of global issues, but also allows for the voicing of opinions within an appropriate and constructive medium and the contribution of enthusiastic and innovative ideas that might not have otherwise been recognised," she said.

"I genuinely wish for the continued development and progressive success of this programme, which promotes the development of skills that are useful for our future, including public speaking, consensus-building and conflict resolution, founded on a basis of compromise and co-operation.

"I hope all participants will enjoy and savour the experience, seizing the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends." The ceremony closed with a series of speeches from delegates representing different countries at the session. [email protected]

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