OIC Calls for Protection of Family Rights

Wed May 15 2024
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JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha on Wednesday reaffirmed the organization’s enduring commitment to highlighting the pivotal role of families in advancing sustainable development, enhancing social welfare, and addressing economic, cultural, and social challenges as the world celebrated the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Families.

Underlining this year’s theme of ‘Families and Climate Change,’ Secretary-General Taha stressed the imperative of empowering families worldwide through awareness programs to take sustainable actions for preserving the planet’s climate.

He urged OIC Member States and the global community to unite efforts in confronting the challenges posed by climate change, aiming to secure a sustainable future for future generations.

Secretary-General Taha highlighted the OIC’s initiative in drafting a comprehensive document on Islamic values concerning women and children, aligning with resolutions adopted by the Council of Foreign Ministers.

Drawing attention to the Banjul Declaration issued during the 15th Islamic Summit Conference, Secretary-General Taha reiterated the call for enhanced international efforts to safeguard the rights of women, children, youth, the elderly and people and uphold Islamic family values. He cautioned against narratives surrounding gender and sexual orientation, warning of their potential harm to the fundamental concept of family and societal structures.

Furthermore, Secretary-General Taha emphasized the importance of acknowledging the plight of Palestinian families enduring severe hardships in Gaza and other occupied territories due to ongoing aggression by Israeli forces.

Secretary-General Taha mentioned that no celebration of International Families Day this year would be legitimate without nourishing a thought for the Palestinian families who are going through extreme duress in the Gaza Strip and other parts of occupied Palestine due to the dehumanizing aggression led and executed by Israeli forces.

Secretary-General Taha added that the dramatic impacts of climate change in many parts of the world entail, so is the conviction of the OIC, the design of a coherent and cohesive approach to pre-empting any risks, whether arising from climate change or from the distortion of human values, that may seriously threaten families.

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