OIC Women Development Organization Holds its First Training Course

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Women Development Organization (WDO) holds its first training course for the experts of its member states at the United Nations and Capitals
Over the course of three days, the (OIC) Women Development Organization (WDO) held, the first training workshop for the experts of its member states concerned with the file of women in the permanent missions to the United Nations in New York and capitals, under the title “The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly with a special focus on the Third Committee”.
Ambassador Ihab Fawzy, Deputy Executive Director of the Women Development Organization, opened the workshop with a presentation on the Organization, its establishment and objectives, pointing to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on member states, especially on women and girls. Then he presented a summary of the organization’s first strategic plan, which includes four areas that took into account dealing with these effects: women’s economic empowerment, eliminating violence against women, women’s leadership in promoting more peaceful and inclusive societies, and the role of women in fighting and preventing corruption.
Asa Regner, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women for Policies, Programs, Civil Society and Intergovernmental Support gave a speech in which she tackled the various resolutions presented to the Third Committee this year related to women’s rights, in which she praised the active role that the Women Development Organization will play in its countries, and the awareness of the Women Development Organization in its member states. She added that UN-Women played this expected role and sought from the outset to launch a strategic partnership with the WDO in order to achieve its goals.
Ziad Mahmasani, Head of the Secretariat of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, presented the Committee’s program of work, reports submitted before it, as well as resolutions, especially those related to women’s issues and how experts participated in the work of the Committee.
As part of the workshop focusing mainly on training experts on negotiation skills on various draft resolutions related to women’s issues within the framework of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the second session included an interactive dialogue between keynote speakers and experts, and focused on previous negotiations on resolutions under the item on the advancement of women and other relevant decisions of the Third Committee and lessons learned from those negotiations. In the third and final session, the focus was on providing practical training to the experts of the countries located in New York or in Capitals. The training was carried out by experts from the Third Committee from Egypt and Comoros, in addition to an independent expert in the field of women, in addition to the Women Development Organization.
This workshop is the first of its kind that the Women Development Organization uniquely presents to its member states, within the framework of one of its main objectives, which is to build the capacities of member states in various fields related to women’s rights and to enhance their states’ participation in various international forums, the most important of which is the United Nations.

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