New York, NY (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
The Karama organization based in Cairo, Egypt announced today it is bringing a delegation of 15 women from six countries of the Middle East and North Africa to the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women from February 27 to March 4 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Karama's Founder and CEO Hibbaq Osman said, "Women represent fifty percent of the world's population, yet our voices still aren't being heard in the way they should be. Our delegation plans to shine light on crucial issues effecting women, and the role women can play in bridging the divide."
Coming a year after the Arab Spring and uprisings and with Syria still in turmoil, the 15 member delegation will participate in and gain access at United Nations headquarters to the general discussion, high-level roundtables and 90 side events by Member States and UN entities. Karama’s delegation will share strategic analysis and lessons learned at their one day conference, "The Challenges and Prospects of Gender Equality in the Context of the Arab Uprisings," being held at the UN Plaza Hotel on March 2nd starting at 9am.
Women from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Somalia and Sudan will make their case to international governments and UN authorities regarding the urgency and importance of increased support and investment in women’s rights in the region. Said Ms. Osman, "As we keep witnessing democratic reform means equal rights for women, and the same economic opportunity to long term stability and prosperity." Karama’s delegation will provide national expertise to international stakeholders in order to inform their strategies, encourage local partnership, and ensure accountability or regional governments to international human rights and gender equality standards.
This conference comes at a time when women represent 40% of the waged workers of the world, yet in the Middle East they only make up 20% of the workforce, the lowest level of any region. In the wake of the global economic crisis, a growing unemployment rate for men is further limiting women’s pool of opportunities. Economic development and empowerment is a critical issue for growth and long term stability.
Karama has hosted diverse and dynamic delegations of high-level activists, parliamentarians, and diplomats annually for the last five years, raising the profile of Arab women in international arena as experts and leaders, leveraging their power to influence policymakers, educate international governments, and lobby for increased investment and support in priorities for women in the region.