SESRIC prepared and submitted a background report on gender issues titled “State of Gender in OIC Countries: Prospects and Challenges” to the Sixth Session of the Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of OIC Member States that took place on 1-3 November 2016, Istanbul, Turkey. Based on the most recent available statistical data, the Report reveals the key challenges of women in OIC Member States in comparative perspective and analytically measures the progress achieved by OIC Member States in terms of empowerment of women in various aspects of the socio-economic life. In details, the Report reviews the existing trends in education, health, violence, social security and decision-making issues from a gender perspective in OIC Member States. The Report further elaborates the role of NGOs in addressing gender issues with a specific focus on OIC Member States. The Report finally provides concrete policy-recommendations to policy-makers both at the individual country level and OIC cooperation level in addressing the key challenges of women with a view to ensure their full and equal participation into the socio-economic life as well as to the development process of their respective countries.
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