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Arab conference in Beirut to support women’s economic contribution

13-4-2017

The minister of state for women’s affairs, Jean Ogassapian, representing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, opened yesterday its 10th edition of the New Arab Women Entrepreneurs Forum (NAWF) at the Movenpick Hotel in Beirut. The event is aimed at promoting and supporting the contribution of women to the national economy as well as inspiring future generations of Arab women to actively engage in nation building. The forum which is organized by Al Hasnaa Magazine and Al-Iktissad Wal Aamal Group saw the participation of some 300 entrepreneurs, officials and representatives of multinational organization involved with women’s affairs. Ogassapian stressed on the occasion the importance of this convening in its appeal for the following: the revision of and elimination of texts in laws and regulations that are discriminatory against women; the amendment of the bigoted administrative practices as such to facilitate women’s access to economic resources, namely funds and bank credits equally with men, and the provision of technology and information through proper training and capacity building workshops that target women. For her part, the director general of the ministry of economy and trade, Alya Abbas, drew attention to the limited role of women in the public arena as a result of the dominant patriarchal culture and a political system that grants privileges based on gender, sectarianism and favoritism and other chauvinistic criteria at all levels. Abbas called for more serious and purpose-oriented work to ensure that all women know their rights and empower them to be bold enough to demand those rights, Abbas maintained. This, she added, requires an all-inclusive awareness education, involving both men and women, in addition to bringing the national policies and laws in compliance with international human rights commitments, which again necessitates the eradication of all discriminatory legislations against women. (Al Diyar, April 13, 2017)

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