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GCC Days 2011 opens in Seoul

posted on 13/02/2011: 1006 views

Seoul - The GCC Days 2011 seminars opened in Seoul on Thursday with more than 300 plus participants from GCC countries as well as local community.

South Korean Minister of Land said that his government is very proud of being the first Asian country to host the event which hoped would play a bridge linking South Korea and GCC countries for furthering exchange of people as well as economic, cultural and sports ties in his congratulatory message made at the outset of the seminar.

On the first day of the two-day seminar, a number of officials and specialists from the GCC states and their counterparts from South Korea touched on a number of themes including tourism, culture and the role of woman, among others.

Three participants from UAE have joined the activities including Dr Abdul Khaleq Abdullah of the Emirates University, Al Ain, Hamad Al Kaabi, UAE's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Shamma Abdullah Salem, joined the event on behalf of Dr. Maitha Al Shamsi - UAE Minister of State.

In the afternoon session of the GCC Day 2011, Dr. Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, gave a brief account of women's contribution to make civil society work drawing on a broad range of empirical evidence to show the progress Arab women made in establishing the well-functioning civil societies in different countries of Gulf Cooperation Council.

"The role women are playing in the UAE mirrors the overall experiences of the GCC women who have historically been an important stakeholder in the cultural and social life," she said in her paper read by Miss Shamma Abdullah Salem.

She then noted that the women are now positioned prominently in strategies designed by the leadership of the GCC countries for the social and economic development and are in the forefront of both public and private enterprise. They are also playing leading roles in civil organisations in most crucial areas of the society.

"This may be true that the process of empowering women and strengthening their role in the societies may initially has lacked some pace in some of the GCC countries. But it got its momentum after GCC leaders devised women's empowerment policies in their respective countries", she added. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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