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Syria stresses women’s role in facing global challenges

Damascus, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Government considered on Friday that facing severe global challenges requires improving the participation of youths and women to develop societies and achieve stability and prosperity.

This position, quoted by local media on Friday, was expressed by Marah Mustafa, diplomatic attaché of the Syrian delegation at the United Nations, during a Security Council’s meeting to discuss the prevention of conflicts and the empowerment of all stakeholders, including women and youths.

Syria believes in the importance of involving women and youths in the decision-making process, in civilian and volunteer work, and in drawing up national plans and programs, Mustafa said.

The diplomat added that Syrian State institutions continue to develop legislative and administrative frameworks, training national cadres, and providing opportunities to ensure full representation of all segments of society on an equal footing and without discrimination.

According to Mustafa, the percentage of women in local administrative councils has increased five-fold since 2010; 44.3 percent of state employees are women, and 57 percent of those who work in the judiciary are also women.

Syrian women have played a pioneering role in dealing with the aftermath of the terrorist war by participating in the fight against terrorism and an ideology based on extremism and hatred, she said.