Posted on October 11, 2019

Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW), in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), launched on Thursday the ‘Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Work Environment’ initiative, within the framework of activating the consultative status of the QFSW at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The initiative was launched at the Center for Protection and Social Rehabilitation (AMAN) in the first phase, and would be implemented in the rest of the centres under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Social Action in due course. Speaking on the occasion, QFSW CEO Amal Abdullatif al Mannai said she considered it as one of the most important initiatives for the civil society in general, and for women in particular.

She explained that this project is the first approved international framework to measure the compatibility of the regulations of the organisations with the mechanisms of women’s empowerment. She added that the foundation is counting on the results of this initiative to provide a prototype that can be replicated not only at the level of national institutions, but also globally, especially that international performance reports on the status of women in Qatar and the actions of all relevant state bodies have been a strong incentive to adopt this initiative to complement the gains made for women in general and working women in particular.

For her part, Director of the ESCWA Center for Women Dr Mehrenaz al Awadi said she was delighted that QFAS has adopted this ambitious initiative through Aman Center. She added that the initiative will form an accountability framework aimed at building and disseminating a common understanding of the issue of gender equality and the empowerment of women within organisations. For his part, Executive Director of Aman Center Dr Mansour al Saadi said that the initiative contributes to the real empowerment of women through achieving the objectives of Aman Center.