Oman at Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament

MUSCAT: Oman State Council delegation joined nearly 50 women speakers from global parliamentarians at a two-day summit titled ‘Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament’ at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The summit is held under the auspices of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, GWU, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. The first of its kind in history of global parliamentary work to be held in Middle East region, this Summit aims to provide women in decision-making positions of parliament a regular forum and an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, which are of interest to their national and international agendas.
The event is hosted by the Federal National Council of the UAE and the Inter Parliamentary Union. The summit, which involves two days of forward-looking panels and debates in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union is themed: ‘United for Shaping the Future’. The delegation comprises of four women members, led by Dr Suad bint Mohammed al Lawati, State Council Vice-Chairperson. It includes members Naashiah al Kharousi and Rahma al Mashrafi from State Council and Naama Jamil al Busaidi, member of Majlis Ash’shura.
Sheikha Fatima said, “Being convened under the overall theme United for Shaping the Future, the summit holds a significant value for the UAE, which represents a unique model of unit.” She added, “We should unite and close our ranks to use the huge opportunities made available by human, cultural and technological achievements in all spheres, and develop solutions to remove obstacles blocking development in several countries.”
Speakers will include Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General; Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission; and Dr Ahmed al Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar.