Collaboration with the Dutch Embassy
KUWAIT CITY, April 9: The law firm Taher Group (TAG) organized the Hague Talk event, which discussed a case titled “Have women’s rights been affected during the Corona pandemic?” The event was held in cooperation with the Embassy of the Netherlands in the State of Kuwait, where the opening speech was delivered by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kuwait and Bahrain, Mr. Laurens Westhoff, and Dr. Fawaz Khaled AlKhateeb of TAG. Member of the Kuwait Olympic Committee and Head of Kuwait’s Joint Delegation to the “Tokyo 2020” Olympic Games Fatima Hayat, Member of the City Council Engr. Maha Al-Baghli, CEO of the “Umniah” Sanaa Al-Ghamlas factory, as well as the host of the event, lawyer Atyab Al-Shatti participated in the event.
In the keynote address, Dr. Fawaz AlKhateeb noted that Kuwaiti women are major contributors to the state-wide and societal development process, noting that the Kuwaiti constitution promotes equality among all people. peoples and prevents discrimination based on sex in all its economic, social and political dimensions. because it upholds justice, freedom and equality as the principles that form the pillars of society. He added that non-discrimination based on sex is an international principle related to the protection of human rights and requires society and the state to guarantee the rights of all, as stipulated in the International Covenant on Human Rights. 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 have to fight against discrimination in all its forms, and this issue must be reflected in respect for the independence of women and their ability to make their own decisions in all areas by adopting the concept of equal treatment and parity away from unfair treatment in all areas. We can learn a lot from human history, especially in relation to the struggle of women for their rights, and religions are full of the content of this principle, which is also reflected in positive legislations,” he said, concluding that what “we seek through these activities is to create a gender-neutral legal environment.
It should be noted that the event started with lawyer Atyab Al-Shatti asking if the Covid-19 pandemic was affecting women’s rights and activism. The question was addressed to the audience, including civil society institutions concerned with the defense of women and students from the University of the Gulf, students from other universities and some diplomats.
Women and sport:
During the event, Fatima Hayat spoke about her experience regarding the role of Kuwaiti women in sport and the Olympics and the historical challenges she faced and still faces, emphasizing the importance of involving women in leadership roles to help provide them with full rights based on their own experience. She also stressed the importance of activating sports activities for women in Kuwait and embracing the idea of girls playing all sports, including football, and allowing young girls to enjoy their hobbies and enjoy them. support morally and materially at the national and international levels, as according to her experiences, she finds that girls face real challenges in terms of support in all its forms.
Violence against women:
For her part, a member of the city council, engineer Maha Al-Baghli, said that this colloquium on the occasion of International Women’s Day is distinguished by the participation of three female personalities with different specializations. She pointed out that Covid 19 affected both women’s activities in general and women’s rights, as many women faced domestic violence due to the pandemic which restricted freedom of movement and covering rules. fire. She also stressed the importance of the role of civil society in raising awareness of the law to combat violence against women, the containment of battered women and the importance of activating retirement homes to which women can resort to if they are exposed to violence.
Women, society and culture of environmental protection:
Ms. Sanaa Al-Ghamlas excited the students present about the third generation of human rights, which is the right to have a healthy and clean environment, and cited examples including the recycling process and disposal of plastic without harming the environment. environment, adding that this process is complicated and complex and requires a synergy of youth efforts and government care. She added that the challenge she faced through her “Omnya” factory when seeking to protect the environment of Kuwait by getting rid of plastic without leaving any harm to the environment was great, despite the fact that the efforts were in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and state goals, but slow government action and lack of support led to the plant’s closure.
On this occasion, Advocate Abdul Aziz Taher AlKhateeb said that International Women’s Day is a day that has been identified due to the existence of gaps with regard to women in the world in general and in the region. de l’Est in particular, considering that the presence of such occasions reinforces the call to restore rights and equity for women, thanking the students for their interaction as well as the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its cooperation in the success of this event and the interaction of participants from the Embassy of the United States of America, the Embassy of Canada and diplomats in general.