25 February | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

FM to preside ‘women in Islam’ moot; to attend debate at UN

Convened by Pakistan, ‘objective of conference is to bridge perception-reality gap on rights of women in Islam; to celebrate experiences and successes of iconic Muslim women’

NEW YORK: Minister for Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto will preside over a conference on ‘women in Islam,’ to be held on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, during his four-day visit to the United States.

Hosted by Pakistan in its capacity as the chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, the ‘women in Islam’ conference will take place in the Economic and Social Council’s chamber at the UN headquarters on March 8, a day after the foreign minister arrives.

On March 7, Bilawal Bhutto is also expected to participate in a high-level UN Security Council debate on ‘women, peace and security,’ sponsored by Mozambique in its capacity as the council’s president for March. Convened by Pakistan, the objective of the conference is to bridge perception-reality gap on the rights of women in Islam and celebrate experiences and successes of iconic Muslim women.

It is aimed at establishing an annual policy dialogue to address challenges and explore opportunities to advance the role of women role in OIC countries. Titled “Women in Islam: understanding the rights and identity of women in the Islamic world,” the foreign minister will open the high-level segment of the conference with an address.

He will be followed by UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi; OIC Secretary General, Hussein Braham Taha; UN-Women Executive Director Sima Bahous; South African Ambassador Mathu Joyini; dignitaries and representatives of OIC member states. Also participating in the conference will be non-OIC states and representatives of UN agencies.

The outcome document will be a chair’s summary of the deliberations. In pursuit of the General Assembly’s landmark resolution 76/254 designating 15 March as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, Bilawal Bhutto and Csaba Korosi will be co-convening a special high-level event to commemorate the day on March 10.

The 193-member assembly’s resolution followed the OIC foreign ministers’ resolution of 2020 designating 15 March as an international day to combat Islamophobia. During his visit, Bilawal Bhutto will also hold meetings with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the General Assembly president. He will brief the UN and press on the outcome of these events.