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Arab governments urged to spread awareness on women's rights

Al Marri said great efforts are being made to promote women’s rights

Doha: Officials and delegates attending the Arab-European Dialogue on Human Rights have urged Arab governments to draw up a strategic plan for women, Arabic daily Al Sharq reported.

The three-day event, organised by the National Human Rights Committee in Qatar jointly with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the National Centre for Human rights in Jordan, coincided with the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day and the 30th anniversary of signing of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

It called on all the countries - especially those who do not consider domestic abuse a crime - to provide a safe environment for women and to educate and spread awareness on women’s rights.

Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee Chairman Dr Ali Bin Sumikh Al Marri said great efforts are being made to promote women’s rights, and Qatar has joined the international community in its efforts to enhance women’s role and status and to protect their rights.

 “The country’s constitution reflects our commitment for women’s protection and reaffirms the principle of equal rights and duties in accordance with the law,” Al Marri said.

However, he said that more needed to be done in order to help women face challenges, especially in economical, work and political fields.

Dr Afarin Shahizadeh, deputy chief of Americas, Europe and Central Asia at the office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that National Human Rights Institutions are key players in combating violence against women.

She highlighted their role in developing a comprehensive human rights education programme that has helped in raising public awareness on domestic violence.