The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, said that the First OIC Ministerial Conference on Marriage and Family Institution in the Muslim world would be held based on the initiative presented by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to the 42nd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (Kuwait, May 2015) and was approved by all Member States. It will take place in Jeddah, on 8-9 February 2017, on the theme “Towards an OIC Approach forMarriage and Family Institution’s Empowermentand Preservation in Member States”, he added.
In this regard, the OIC Secretary General commended as outstanding the preparatory efforts undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to host the event towards the end of this week, pointing out that the Conference will chart a new course that would prioritise and increase significance of the marriage and family institution in the OIC Member States. The Secretary General specifically commended the efforts of Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Developments and its Minister Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis and his colleagues in the ministry and also the president of Saudi Human Rights Commission Bandar Al Aiban.
The overarching goal of the Conference, Dr Al-Othaimeenexplained, is to devise strategic, long-term solutions to the challenges and problems faced by family, and contribute to redressing the stereotypical position given to women within the family and correcting misconceptions about marriage and family, the ultimate purpose being to improve the status of this institution and preserve its core values.—PR