|May 13, 2016 at 04:51 PM|
|WFF held an event during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on March 23rd. Thousands of women gathered from around the world to review progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women at the CSW from March 14 to March 24.
It was a very timely event and a good opportunity that we were present. Women from Lebanon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, United States participated in our event and were looking for solutions to the problems. The participants were from 5 different continents, NGO’s and different embassies staff whom many actively joined the discussions during the event.
Antonia Felix, an acclaimed biographer of American women leaders including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke about women’s struggle in Iran and Afghanistan against extremism.
Fran Belisle, former Political Officer at the Embassy of the U.S, to Algeria and Consular Officer in Turkey explained about programs and progress of women in Algeria and Morocco.
A PhD student from Indonesia whose thesis was on women and extremism in Indonesia joined the discussion by explaining about what actions are taking place in her country to combat this phenomenon. She posed questions to the panelists and asked what advice they would give to the women in Asia.
Another student from Lebanon shared the difficulties and barriers of women in Lebanon with the audience and asked for solutions.
WFF played an important role in bringing attention to this solution during the CSW60 review:
First of all, a tolerant culture is needed to socially and ideologically defeat Islamic extremism;
Secondly, women must have an equal and active role in political leadership to fight misogyny and create a positive culture;
Thirdly, a democratic interpretation of Islam is a must to develop democracy and freedom.