JEDDAH: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has appointed four Arab women to top positions in the 47-year-old organisation.
The OIC is the world’s second-largest international organisation after the United Nations, consisting of 57 countries. Iyad Madani, the OIC’s secretary general, is committed to women’s empowerment, according to a report in a local publication.
The new appointees, from Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Algeria and Yemen, will work at the OIC’s headquarters in Jeddah in the departments of cultural and social affairs, media and information, women and family, and political affairs. There are 12 women working in the general secretariat, the report said.
Saudi Maha Aqeel, the OIC’s new director of media and information, is one of the first women to take up a leading position at the organisation. She worked as an English-language journalist before moving to work at the OIC as the editor in chief for the magazine of the organisation. Six years later she was promoted to her current position.
Muhlah Ahmad from Mauritania is the director general for cultural, social and family affairs. She served as her country’s education minister between 2005 and 2007.
Fadilah Qrain from Algeria, who joined the OIC in 2014, was appointed director of social and family affairs. She said her goals include boosting the role of women in the Muslim world and providing better care for children and the youth. Nouriah Abed Al-Hamami, who represented Yemen at four ministerial meetings of the OIC, and was the first Yemeni woman to work in the diplomatic field, was appointed director of the human affairs department, according to Arab News.