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Statement Of
Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

In the Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the
Non-Aligned Movement on the Advancement of Women

 Doha - 12 - 14 / 2 / 2012

Your Excellencies
Ladies and Gentleman
Dear Guests:
I shall take pleasure at the beginning of this speech to express the State of Qatars welcome, government and people, to you all, wishing you a happy stay in Qatar. On this occasion I extend my best thanks to the government of the Republic of Egypt for the efforts it has exerted with us in the capacity of being the current chairperson of the movement and for the co-operation with us so as to make this meeting successful.
I would like also to commend the efforts exerted by Malaysia and Guatemala who hosted the first and the second ministerial meetings, respectively.
Holding this meeting comes as a completion to the achievements made in the previous two ministerial conferences which contributed to enhancing efforts aiming at the advancement of women and establishment their empowerment economically, socially and politically. This is an indicator of the real attention given by the states of Non-Aligned Movement NAM on the advancement Women as a major pillar of development.

Your Excellencies
Most countries of the world have witnessed in the last decades a transformation at the level of the legal merits of women in several of walks of life, so as to empower them, achieve their advancement and enhance and protect their rights.
Regardless of the efforts exerted by the governments, concerned agencies of the United Nations and civil society organizations in this regards, women and currently still facing many challenges and obstacles. Societal and legal discrimination between men and women is still causing a frightening impediment in the way in empowering women to practice all their rights.
Women are still, to a great extend, subject to suffering due to poverty and need. They are the most susceptible to the negative impact of armed conflict situations. In many of the developing countries rates of mortality are still high to an unacceptable degree, and women are still facing challenges such as discrimination, imbalance in accessing equal opportunities in work, education and participation in decision making.
This discrimination is no more accepted in the second millennium, and is seen as one of the major obstacles in the way of human development and in achieving the MDGs as illustrated in the UN report of 2011 2012 on the advancement of women in the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen
Since the accession of HH the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, May God protect him the State of Qatar believes deeply in the importance of women empowerment in order to practice all their political, social and economical rights.
This belief is incorporated in the constitution and the effective legislations in Qatar, especially establishing the principles of equality in public rights and obligations among all citizens; men and women alike. In addition, Qatar acceded many international and regional charts and conventions that establish womens rights. At the institutional level, many institutions, government and non- government bodies have been established in Qatar; and all these work on enhancement and protection of womens rights and eradication of all manifestations against women.
In this context, the Qatari women have attained top positions in the public institutions and agencies, and in the private sector, including assuming the offices ministers. The Qatari women are also remarkably contributing to the advancement of the country.
In this regards the role of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, spouse of the Emir may God protect her is prominent in enhancing the humanitarian context and women empowerment through economical, social and developmental initiatives and contributions that Her Highness carries out. These initiatives and contributions are not restrictive to the local level; rather, they go beyond that to reach the regional and international levels.
I would like to point out here that the launch of Qatar Vision 2030 has comprised enhancement of women capacities and empowering them to fully participate in all walks of life, especially in the roles of decision making, in addition to increasing the opportunities before them to access professional support. In realization of this Vision, the State has launched the national development strategy 2011-2016 which includes national programs of priorities and goals that guarantee the empowerment of women through building capacities and elimination of the various constraints.

Your Excellencies
I would like here to emphasize the special importance of this meeting where its theme is coping with developments the international community is witnessing these days. The theme of this meeting is a factor influencing the advancement of our Arab region under the so called Arab Spring revolutions which have strong indications. A prominent positive feature and a turning point of this Arab spring were the leading and clear participation of the Arab women in them.
Therefore preparation of good environment for women and increased participation by women in all fields shall contribute to reaching the world that we are aspiring for; a world were values of justice, equality and freedom are respected!

Your Excellencies
Ladies and Gentlemen
The theme of advancement of women cannot be realized unless much work is done to eliminate the impediments that hinder women from practicing their human rights or prevent them from contributing to and benefiting from development efforts with all meanings, including economical, social, cultural political and civilian meanings.
In this regards, the basic responsibility for advancement of women lies in the first instance upon the shoulders of governments who should play a leading role in drawing strategies, work plans, and implementation of programs aiming at eradicating poerty and illiteracy. All of this should guarantee equal opportunities of women to access education, training and jobs. The international community has also to support all national exerted for the advancement of women, especially in the developing countries.
We, in the State of Qatar, are determined to go on with supporting all efforts of women and emowering them economically, socially and politically. We also stress on directing support to the least developed countries LDCs to help them adopt effective steps so as to achieve the MDGs.

Finally,
I am looking to seeing your active participation that shall shape the targeted goal of this meeting, and allow me to welcome you all again, wishing this meeting all success.