Al-Othaimeen names Princess Lalla Meryem as first OIC Goodwill Ambassador | Pakistan News Digest

Al-Othaimeen names Princess Lalla Meryem as first OIC Goodwill Ambassador

Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen handed Princess Lalla Meryem, daughter of the late King Hassan II of Morocco, credentials designating her the first OIC Goodwill Ambassador, during a meeting on the sidelines of International Women's Day (IWD) celebration in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh on March 8.

Speaking at the designation ceremony, Al-Othaimeen underlined that Princess Lalla Meryem, as the OIC Goodwill Ambassador, has a substantial part to take in furthering the ideals and aims of the OIC and its member states in the area of women empowerment; preserving the institution of marriage and family; countering child marriage; and supporting the Organization's endeavors in these domains.

The secretary general pointed out that designating Princess Lalla Meryem as the OIC Goodwill Ambassador befits the deservedly earned respect she has in various spheres. He added that the designation comes in recognition of her societal efforts and her global vision regarding women empowerment, family and child welfare.

The princess's efforts will constitute a substantial contribution to the work being done by the Organization. Women empowerment and child promotion in the Maghreb and the greater Arab world are not new issues to Her Highness, said Al-Othaimeen, quoting the princess as saying in this regard: What matters most is not the world we bequeath to our children, but the children we leave to this world.

It is noteworthy that the 43rd Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in October 2016, adopted a decision to name an OIC Goodwill Ambassador in the area of women empowerment and family, in order to protect the values of the family and marriage institution as well as countering child marriage.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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