On November 8, 2023, the International Conference on “Women in Islam: Status and Empowerment” came to an end.
Under the kind patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Conference was kindly hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Chair of the 14th Islamic Summit, and organized by the OIC General Secretariat.
Twenty recommendations from the Conference’s discussions were incorporated into the Final Declaration.
These suggestions emphasized the status of women in Islam as well as the advanced rights that Islam grants them.
Additionally, they discussed the potential and difficulties pertaining to women’s rights and the augmentation of their role in society at all levels and in a variety of sectors.
In addition, the Conference produced “The Jeddah Document on Women’s Rights in Islam,” which is intended to function as an all-inclusive official reference on women’s rights in Islam for Member States, decision-makers, jurists, researchers, experts, and thinkers.
It will be presented to all pertinent international fora after being submitted for adoption at the upcoming Islamic Summit, which is slated to take place in Gambia at the end of this year.
During his closing speech, the OIC Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. HisseinBrahim Taha, confirmed that OIC priorities will continue to include women’s empowerment issues.
The Organization will initiate and support a multitude of initiatives and efforts aimed at improving the status of women in Muslim societies.
In addressing the rights of Muslim women, the Secretary-General stated that the “Jeddah Document on Women’s Rights in Islam” provides an academic and practical framework that human rights organizations, legislative bodies, and all Muslim societies can adopt.
He expressed the hope that those who question Islam’s fairness toward women would take into account women’s rights as outlined in this Document, rather than through some isolated social practices in some Muslim societies that in no way reflect the sublime vision and universality of Islam and its teachings.
Israel’s aggression against the Gaza Strip, its repeated violations of international norms and all humanitarian principles, and its brutal targeting of innocent children and women will all be discussed at the Extraordinary Islamic Summit, which will be held next Saturday in the city of Riyadh at the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Secretary-General announced. She also highlighted the OIC’s efforts to support Palestinian women.
The conference’s closing statement was delivered by OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ambassador Yousef Al-Dubaie.
In it, the attendees thanked His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for organizing and supporting this important gathering. In addition, conference participants sent a cable expressing their gratitude to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the amenities the Kingdom’s government had made available to them during the conference.