On the occasion of International Women’s Day the Amman Center for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS) held a brainstorming session titled: “What can the United Nations do to help speed up the process of eliminating discrimination against women in the Arab world?“ The session was held at the center’s headquarters on Saturday, the 3rd of March, 2020.
The session was moderated by Dr. Malik Twal, former Secretary General of the Ministry of Political Development. He addressed the following topics: A proposal to develop the work of the United Nations in regards to their declarations or agreements and decisions; a proposal to develop the work of the United Nations at the level of strategies and policies; a proposal to develop the work of the United Nations at the level of organs, bodies, committees and rapporteurs.
Then Dr. Malik discussed the United Nations achievements in the field of combating discrimination against women and supporting equality of men and women, which are embodied in a number of declarations, agreements, and strategies. These stress the importance of dialogue between all stakeholders at local, regional, national and international levels. The participants focused on discussing the importance of including cultural, social, economic, political and legal realities of the Arab countries to enhance women’s rights.
The participants agreed to adopt a number of recommendations to be submitted to the United Nations Women Office in Cairo, after referring to several reference documents issued by the United Nations in this field. These will be discussed in the next supplementary meeting in the first week of April 2020.
The session was attended by: Dr. Muhammad Al-Tarawneh, Dr. Manal Tahtamouni, Dr.Tayseer Abu Odeh, Dr. Nada Abi Samra (Lebanon), Judge Nada Al-Obaidi (Libya), Human Rights Activist Urouba Tayfour (Syria), Human Rights Activist Amal Al-Majeedi (Yemen), Human Rights Rctivist Aya Al-Tayeb (Sudan) and the Director of the Center, Dr.Nizam Assaf.