Arab Women Organization’s Sixth Conference

12/13/2016 to 12/14/2016

Cairo Marriott Hotel "Aida Hall", Cairo

Under the auspices and chaired by Mrs. / Ronak Mustafa Abdul Wahid. Wife of the President of the Republic of Iraq President of the Arab Women's Organization at its seventh session (2015- 2017)

*  Arab Women Organization (AWO) held its sixth annual conference, titled “Role of Women in the Arab Countries: Pathways to Reform and Change”, in Marriott Hotel Zamalek, Cairo, on 13th & 14th of December 2016.

* The conference is chaired and held under the auspices of the Presidency of the organization for the current session, H.E. Mrs Ronak Abdul Wahid Mustafa, Iraq’s First Lady, with the participation of the delegations of the AWO Member States, headed by the First Ladies or their representatives.

* The conference also includes members of AWO’s Executive Council, in addition to international and Arab experts, representatives of regional and international organizations, ministers, representatives of Arab and African countries, civil society, and diplomats, as well as senior public officials.

Head of the Scientific Team

Marilyn Haider Najjar

  • Dean of the Institute of Social Sciences - Lebanese University
  • 21 years of experience in specialized university education.
  • 12 years administrative, technical and advisory experience with United Nations organizations and various sectors in Lebanon and abroad
  • Participated in many committees, conferences, seminars and workshops (chairing, preparation and participation).
  • She is the author of many books and articles in various fields such as demography, economic and social development, and culture.
  • She participated in many field studies in supervision, coordination and participation in the fields of sustainable development, intangible cultural heritage, and gender equality.
  • She is a supervisor of many research and professional guides covering programs and topics in the social sciences.

The Importance of This Conference Now

  * With the changes witnessed in the Arab Region in recent years brought about by the “Arab Spring”, many major political, economic, and social challenges emerged. These challenges were faced by all members of the society, but more specifically, they interacted with the status of women.

  * Consequently, AWO devoted its sixth conference to study and examine the presence and role of Arab women in the process of reform and changes- seen in different forms in the Arab region. By organizing this conference, AWO seeks to underscore:

Women, as citizens constituting half of the human resources, are key players in creating change and reform, not to mention their contribution in protecting the national security and peace in their countries.

The status of women in Arab countries requires more attention. It is one of the main areas of desired reform, especially in light of a social culture that restricts and confines their role with a narrow and limited domain.

Conference Objectives

Conference Themes

Chairman / President of the Conference Word:

Highness First Ladies Words

Rest of Opening Words

First Session: Arab Women and the Crucial Moments of Change

Session II: Women in Decision-Making Positions

Session III: Activating the Role of Women in the National Economy Trails

Session IV: Women and Peace-Building

Fifth Session: Women in the Face of Violence and Terrorism

Keynote Speakers: