Posted on June 13, 2011

Qatar under the wise leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has achieved significant gains in the advancement of women and promotion of their equality with men , as part of a comprehensive approach aimed at enhancing the status of all family members and society in various fields.

This came in Qatar's speech at the 17th UN Human Rights Council session annual debate on the human rights of women, delivered by Khalid Al-Fahd Al-Shahwani Al Hajri, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the Geneva-based UN Office. Al Hajri noted that Qatar 2030 vision emphasizes the importance of the role of women in achieving the desired development and strengthen their capacities and their participation in various areas, including decision-making. He explained that the interest of the State of Qatar to promote and respect women's rights was crystallized by joining the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in April 2009.

Qatar has been promoting the provisions of this Convention and raise awareness among all segments of the Qatari society including i educational institutions and all stakeholders, a matter which helps to empower women and provide mechanisms for the protection of all rights, including the prevention of violence against them, he stressed. Al-Hajri pointed out that the Supreme Council for the Family in Qatar contributes to raising awareness among women in all their rights and the role assigned to them within the community. He warned that violence against women remains a widespread scourge in all countries and cultures, a matter which confirms that the cultural heritage of oppression of women was not coupled with a society, religion or race without the other.

He expressed Qatar's denunciation of all kinds of violence against women, particularly domestic violence, which he said is one of the worst forms of violence, calling for the need to spread cultural awareness among all segments to curb this phenomenon, which threatens society as a whole, and also constitutes a real threat to peace and development. He stressed the need to draft related legislation or make amendments to existing ones where necessary in order to ensure access to all the rights including the right to education and health care.