KUWAIT: The Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR) held a two-day workshop on Saturday and yesterday in cooperation with the Middle East Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The workshop was on the ‘tools of international protection of women’s rights’ and was presented by international expert Nada Drooza, regional adviser in gender affairs in the Middle East and North Africa at OHCHR. Thirty human rights activists participated in the workshop, representing various institutions in Kuwait including Kuwait University, Kuwait Youth Union, Bar Association, Red Cross, Embassy of Netherlands and the French Embassy.
A participant from Bahrain also attended the workshop. The main goal of the workshop was to build the ability of NGOs and human rights activists by increasing their knowledge on international tools to protect women’s rights in addition to providing international experiences in this field to strengthen their role in supporting women’s rights. “I preferred to present training and intensive interaction to raise the participants’ skills through their knowledge and increasing it even more, and then improve their experiences to play key role in spreading the social culture in the community,” Drooza said during the launch of the workshop. “The participants of this workshop will get information about the international treaties and conventions on women’s rights. They will be given real examples of gender issues to solve it, which will give them better knowledge of women’s rights.
Through this workshop we will discuss human rights in general, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and a view of international conventions and the role of various countries in applying these conventions,” she added. During the workshop, reports were also presented, such as the report by the National Association of Familial Security ‘Rawasi’, which is parallel with Kuwaiti’s report of the UPR review at the Human Rights Office of the UN during its 21st session, reports presented by member states according to article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women/Kuwait’s report, a report on the situation of human rights in Kuwait and other reports.
By Nawara Fattahova
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