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Dutch Embassy collaboration
KUWAIT CITY, April 9: Taher Group Law Firm (TAG) held the Hague Talk event, which dealt with a case entitled “Were women’s rights affected during the Corona pandemic?” The event was in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy in the State of Kuwait, where the opening speech was given by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kuwait and Bahrain, Mr. Laurens Westhoff, and Dr. Fawaz Khaled AlKhateeb from TAG. A member of the Kuwait Olympic Committee and the head of the joint delegation of Kuwait in The Olympic Games “Tokyo 2020” Fatima Hayat, Municipal Council Member Engr. Maha Al-Baghli, CEO of “Umniah” Sanaa Al-Ghamlas Factory, in addition to the event’s facilitator, lawyer Atyab Al-Shatti participated in the Event.
In the opening speech, Dr. Fawaz AlKhateeb indicated that Kuwaiti women are major contributors to the development process on State and society scales, noting that the Kuwaiti constitution promotes equality between all people and prevents discrimination based on sex in all its economic, social and political frameworks, as it supports justice, freedom and equality as principles that form pillars of society. He added that non-discrimination on the grounds of sex is an international principle related to the protection of human rights and requires society and the State to guarantee rights for all as stated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, all of which prohibit discrimination.
“There is no doubt that in our Arab environment, we still need to combat discrimination in all its forms, and this matter must be refl ected by respecting the independence of women and their ability to make their own decisions in all fields by adopting the concept of equal treatment and parity away from unfair treatment in all matters. Much can be learned from human history, especially with regard to women’s struggle for her rights, and religions are replete with the contents of this principle, which is also refl ected in the positive legislations,” he said, concluding that what” we seek through these activities is to create a gender-neutral legal environment.
It is noteworthy that the event began with lawyer Atyab Al-Shatti asking whether the Covid-19 pandemic affected women’s rights and activism. The question was directed to the audience, including the civil society institutions concerned with defending women and the student of the Gulf University, students from other universities, and some diplomats.
Women and sports:
During the event, Fatima Hayat talked about her experience regarding the role of Kuwaiti women in sports and the Olympic Games and the historical challenges that she faced and still faces, pointing out the importance of involving women in leadership roles to contribute to providing them with full rights according to their own experience. She also stressed the importance of activating sports activities for women in Kuwait and adopting the idea of girls practicing all sports, including football, and enabling young girls to practice their hobbies and support them morally and materially at the national and international levels, as according to her experiences, she finds that girls face real challenges with regard to support in all its forms.
Violence against Women:
On her part, a Member of the Municipal Council, Engineer Maha Al-Baghli, said that this symposium on International Women’s Day is distinguished by the participation of three women figures with different specializations. She pointed out that Covid 19 affected both women’s activities in general and women’s rights, too, as many women faced home violence due to the pandemic that curbed freedom of movement and curfew rules. She also stressed the importance of the role of civil society in promoting awareness about the law to combat violence against women, the containment of battered women, and the importance of activating care homes that women can resort to if they are exposed to violence.
Women, Society and the Culture of Environmental Protection:
Mrs. Sanaa Al-Ghamlas ignited the enthusiasm of the students present about the third generation of human rights, which is the right to have a healthy and clean environment, and referred to examples, including the process of recycling and disposing of plastic without harming the environment, adding that this process is complicated and complex and needs synergy Youth efforts and government care. She added that the challenge she faced through her factory ‘Omnya’ when she sought to protect the environment of Kuwait by getting rid of the plastic without leaving any damage to the environment was great, despite the fact that the endeavours were in line with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations and the goals of the state, but the slow governmental measures and lack of support led to the closure of the factory.
On this occasion, Lawyer Abdul Aziz Taher AlKhateeb said that International Women’s Day is a day that has been identified as a result of the existence of shortcomings towards women in the world in general and in the eastern region in particular, considering that the presence of such occasions enhances the call to restore rights and fairness to women, thanking the students for their interaction as well as the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its cooperation in making this event a success and the interaction of the attendees from the Embassy of the United States of America, the Canadian Embassy and diplomats in general.