The first technical meeting between the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and the OIC Women Development Organization (WDO) was held virtually on 14 February 2022 with aim of developing a bilateral working platform.
The WDO was represented by Ms. Fatma Azahraa Abdelkawy, Director for Policy, Program & Inter-governmental Support, along with colleagues representing different WDO Secretariat’s Departments, including Legal Affairs and Strategic Partnership, while Mr. Abdula Manafi Mutualo, IOFS Senior Liaison Officer, attended the meeting on behalf of the IOFS.
The Meeting exchanged views on how to kick start the bilateral cooperation between the two Specialized Institutions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and recommended that, for 2022, initiatives that may be jointly held are to give priority of “2022 IOFS Year for Africa” projects, as well as “Promotion of Economic Empowerment for Women” and “Women and Climate Change”.
The two sides agreed to continue consultations remotely towards preparing and finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding along with a Joint Plan of Action that may be signed on the sidelines of the 48th Council of Foreign Ministers, scheduled to be held on 22-23 March 2022 in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
It should be mentioned here that the focus of the Meeting was to initiate the establishment an institutionalized cooperation to benefit women in OIC Member States within different programs that emanate from both Institutions’ Strategic Framework Pillars.