Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen announced that the quorum has been established to ratify the Statute of the OIC Women Development Organization, which will be based in Cairo, Egypt.
The Secretary General said in a statement on Wednesday that the minimum threshold of ratifications was reached after the Republic of Cameroon had ratified the statute of the organization, to be the 15th country to do so.
Al-Othaimeen noted that, with Cameroon’s ratification, the Statute shall enter into force according to its Article 12, which opens the way for this fledgling specialized organization to start its activities. He added that the organization will play a central role in strengthening the role of the OIC in the area of empowering women and advancing their status through implementing the programs to be provided by the organization for the care, training and education of women in Member States, as an equal partner for men in the progress and prosperity of the Islamic Ummah.
The Women Development Organization was established under Resolution No. 4/36-A of the 36th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Damascus, Syria, in 2009, as a specialized international organization affiliated with the OIC. The organization’s statute was adopted under Resolution No. 4/37-ORG of the CFM’s 37th session held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in 2010. The statute of the organization was so far signed by 24 and ratified by 15 OIC member countries.