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Kuwait urges world to do more to help Arab women
March 18, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Kuwait has urged the international community to exert greater efforts to put an end to Arab women's hardships. The Kuwaiti call was expressed by Sheikha Latifa Al-Fahad Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the chairperson of the Kuwaiti Cabinet's women affairs committee and the head of the Kuwaiti delegation taking part in the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The international community should shoulder its responsibilities toward this issues and take decisive stance toward it, said Sheikha Latifa, during a meeting held on sidelines of the session, marking the 20th anniversary of Beijing's Declaration on women's Rights -- involving Inas Sayed Mekkawi, the head of the Arab League's women, family and child department.

Sheikh Latifa indicated that Arab women in war-stricken countries are particularly in need for help. For her part, Mekkawi said in remarks to Kuwait Television that this session is of particularly significant, for it discussed basic issues such as women status at the international level, women and poverty and women vis a vis armed struggles.

Up to 21 Arab states including Kuwait have forwarded their reports in this respect - contents of which compatible with the Beijing Declaration. She indicated that the Arabs should present a joint report to the UN for incorporation in the Secretary General's document that would be addressed at the UN General Assembly in September.

She affirmed significant role played at this level by eminent Arab personalities, such as Sheikha Latifa. "Leading women must stand on side of marginalized ones and seek to protect them against various forms of violence," she said.

Mekkawi indicated in this respect that efforts at this level, in Kuwait, have been noticeable, as compared to other countries, noting the country's general humanitarian approach and efforts worldwide, recently prompting the UN to crown it as a "Humanitarian Center," and its Amir, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, as a "Humanitarian Leader." Moreover, the world deeply appreciates Kuwait's efforts in support of the Syrian people, namely its hosting of three major conferences for raising donations for the Syrians in need.

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