Alliance of women from the Middle East and North Africa formed in Beirut
An alliance of women from the Middle East and North Africa has been formed at a conference in Beirut. The goal of this alliance is a strategic women's vision for building a free, democratic and equal society.
Under the motto "Through women's unity we will realize a democratic revolution", the 2nd Middle East/North Africa Women's Conference took place in Beirut. Over a hundred delegates from thirty countries participated in the two-day event. Thirty other women participated digitally via Zoom. The first conference of this kind took place in 2013 in Amed (tr. Diyarbakir).
According to the final declaration now published, the conference on July 30 and 31 discussed the international and regional situation. The focus was on the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, which particularly affect women: displacement, flight, imprisonment, killing and the rising violence against women. It was noted that women's struggles are becoming increasingly visible within social movements.
Among other things, the conference decided to establish an alliance of women from the Middle East and North Africa. The goal of this alliance is a strategic women's vision for the construction of a free, democratic and equal society, taking into account universal human rights. This vision is to be developed within six months by a committee. Women from all countries are represented in the committee.
The fight against feminicide, any form of occupation, human trafficking, displacement, forced demographic change, political assassination, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, marginalization and exclusion should be intensified. This explicitly includes the struggle against authoritarian patriarchal mindsets, fanaticism, and traditional forms of oppression. Networking at local, regional and global level is to be expanded.