Jordan’s Queen Rania and Morocco’s Princess Lalla Salma were among the dozens of First Ladies of the Arab world to attend the 2nd annual Arab Women’s Conference in Abu Dhabi.
The three day conference focuses on improving the needs of the women in the region, as well as moving women forward.
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak of Abu Dhabi, Chairwoman of Arab Women’s Organisation (AWO), has affirmed the situation of Arab women would continue to improve as long as the Arab nation has sincere leaders.
”We live in a global age. The second AWO conference in Abu Dhabi will focus on the impacts of globalisation on the security of women. Economic security is determined by global, regional, local and national factors. Arab countries are going through a lot of economic changes and have already adopted a market economy. The impacts of these changes on women are different than those on men,” Sheikha Fatima said in an interview.
”At the conference, scholars and researchers will have a close look at the threats to women’s human security and will draw up plans to advance the status and overall security of women. Some papers will discuss the creation of a safe and supportive social environment for women, said Sheikha Fatima, who is also Chairwoman of the UAE General Women’s Union (GWU) and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).
On the efforts made by Jordan to empower women, Queen Rania told a reporter, ”I am proud of the path Jordanian women are beating; they are role models for all our children and families.
“More women than men, graduate in the country and it is true for more academic fields. So we have judges, ministers, doctors, lawyers, pilots and members of parliament, as well as dynamic CEOs in the private sector.”
The focus on this year’s conference will be the status of women and human security from an Arab and international perspectives.
Although at the moment the concept of security which was redefined to mean “freedom from want and freedom from fear and the necessity to live in dignity,” is the center of great debate but absent from the debate is a concrete and noticeable Arab contribution.