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Kuwait condemns violence against women – Al-Shaiji Global summit in London concludes

LONDON, June 14, (KUNA): Kuwait does not accept violence against women or violation of their rights, said Coordinator of Fatwa and Legislation Subcommittee at the Kuwaiti Cabinet’s Women Affairs Committee Huda Al-Shaiji. Al-Shaiji’s statement came during her participation in the first ‘Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict’, which concluded here Friday night, in the presence of over 100 countries and 900 experts and representatives of international human rights organizations and NGOs. Kuwait was one of the first countries to announce an initiative to end violence against women, while hosting the sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) last December, she told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

The initiative is concerned with protecting women against all kinds of violence, and support their rights to take part in all fields, noted Al-Shaiji. Moreover, she said that it also aims at ending violations of the rights of women, mainly refugees in wars and conflicts, while also seeking to bring agressors to justice. Kuwait continuously supports human rights especially women’s, she said, adding that Kuwait is part of many international human rights agreements including the Geneva Conventions and Protocols. Kuwait is also a regional headquarters for international organizations including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the official noted. Kuwait’s Red Crescent Society, under the orders of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, is always providing aid to refugees and victims of wars all over the world, Al-Shaiji said. The four-day summit included workshops on how to end the crisis, bring those involved to justice and train judges and militants on international systems to incriminate acts of violence against women, the Coordinator added. Moreover, she praised the positive results of the summit regarding developing international cooperation in fighting sexual violence against women in wars and conflicts. The Kuwaiti delegation to the event also included Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nasser Al-Mohareb and Advisor in the Ministry of Justice Mohammad Al-Ghareeb.

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