The specialized summit of women’s affairs ministers from Islamic countries with the title of “Social Policy-making and Family in Islamic Nations; Requirements and Necessities” was held in Mashhad on April 27th 2017.
According to the news headquarters of the cultural capital of the Islamic world, the specialized summit of women’s affairs ministers from Islamic countries, which was held in line with plans of Mashhad as the cultural capital of the Islamic world, was ended as the 75th program after an opening ceremony and holding specialized panels.
Official programs were initiated after welcoming the guests of the meeting by the governor of Khorasan Razavi.
******* We are gathered for peace and justice.
Alireza Rashidian, the governor of Khorasan Razavi, appreciated the presence of women’s affairs ministers and officials, expressing: we have gathered in Mashhad with the slogan of unity and solidarity for peace and justice and we should seize this opportunity.
He continued: a few centuries ago and when the Islamic world was at the peak of power, no one would have thought that it would be weakened and be placed in a position of weakness. The day that Islamic justice included all people with any religion, it could not be predicted that sectarianism and ethnicity would dominate this religion.
The governor of Khorasan Razavi expressed his sadness for repetition of the history, asserting: the comprehensive attack to the Islamic world is repeated history. Today, we see a new form of attack to Islam; extremists are killing Muslims and non-Muslims in the most terrifying and disgusting ways. In addition, violence has overcome the Islamic compassion.
******** Attention to Improvement of Family and Women’s Status in the Direction of Preserving Islamic Values
Shahindokht Molaverdi, vice president of Iran for family and women’s affairs expressed her satisfaction with the selection of Mashhad as the cultural capital of the Islamic world by ISESCO in 2017 on the opening ceremony of specialized summit of women’s affairs ministers from Islamic countries, affirming: today, we are the host of high-ranking officials and prominent experts on family and women's issues.
She continued: this is a rare opportunity for discussing the status of a unit that is called “the most popular foundation” by the Islamic religion, which is “family”, and the very natural core of human race. In this regard, a special attention must be paid to the requirements for social policy-making about family in human society in general and Islamic countries in particular.
Molaverdi also stated: our younger generation seeks more freedom and human development recognizes the right for selection for citizens more than before. Spread of individualism leads to the erosion of collective structures and decline of the status of family in some cases. Sustainable development to meet the innovative needs in science and technology fields requires creative thinking and knowledge-based innovations. On the other hand, development of creativity needs freedom from the domination of social institutions and minimum formation of individualism in a society. The major concern of developing countries, such as Islamic countries, is to recognize approaches for sustainable development in the country along with the relative stability of the family.
******* Extraction of family policies for responding to future generations
Ali Rabiei, minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare, conveyed: unfortunately, we are currently faced with fanatic ideas and violent extremism in Islamic countries and the majority of these attacks are related to main focal point of the family (woman). The idea that stems from ISIS and Taliban has led to the sacrifice of our women and girls and introduced wrong ways of thinking in the name of religion.
He also affirmed: on the other hand, extended changes caused by technological advancements have resulted in the extraction of family policies for responding to the next generations. Today, we still need the interpretation of Quranic instructions for helping the unit of family. Our final aim is to support citizens against risks of life and inequalities.
After this summit, another specialized meeting for social and family policies was initiated in the presence of ministers and other authorities. In addition, the vice president presented a lecture and exchanged ideas with other ministers.
Specialized summit of “Family and Social Policy-making; Requirements and Necessities” was held.
In line with the specialized summit of women’s affairs ministers from Islamic countries, the specialized meeting of “Family and Social Policy-making; Requirements and Necessities” was held, attended by the vice president for family and women’s affairs and ministers of Islamic countries.
In this meeting, ministers of Islamic countries discussed the latest issues and shared their experiences about the subjects of the meeting. In addition, Shahindokht Molaverdi, vice president for family and women’s affairs affirmed the experiences of Islamic Republic of Iran in the framework of the special conference of women’s affairs ministers of Islamic countries. She expressed: according to the 3, 10, 20, 21 and 28 principles of Iran’s constitution, all of the rules, regulations, policies and programs for achieving social justice for all citizens regardless of their age, gender, race and ethnicity are family-oriented. Moreover, high-level documents, including “General Family Policies” in particular and “20-Year Perspective Document” and “General Policies of the Sixth Development Plan” in general have mainly focused on family-oriented issues.
Molaverdi continued: with the start of the work of the 11th cabinet in the framework of moderation-oriented approach and plans of the president for improvement of women’s status, some of the tasks of the responsible institutions include efforts to achieve sustainable family by providing areas of gender balance in social and family roles of men and women, labor market, political and cultural areas and society management. Meanwhile, the government of Iran have taken considerable steps toward achieving the goals of the mentioned plans.
Vice president for family and women’s affairs also explained about some of the activities in the framework of short-term priorities in line with the performed activities for responding to the necessities for providing gender justice and women’s right, such as political and economic empowerment and improvement of social participation of women, follow-up of the article for reducing the working hour of women with special conditions, follow-up for implementing the law of increasing maternity leave from six to nine months, providing recommendations for requirement of employment units to establish kindergartens, implementation of national programs to control and reduce divorce in the country, development of a comprehensive package of support for working women (with the aim of balancing the work and life of women), providing suggestions about employment status of female-headed households and strategic master plan for empowering women, who are heads of households.