Al Jazeera interviewed Hibaaq Osman on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8. Hibaaq Osman, who is attending the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, is the founder and chair of Karama, a regional movement of activists collaborating across eight civil society sectors to end violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa.
Without the full and active participation of girls and women and the incorporation of their needs and concerns, UN meetings will not have much substance.
Without their perspectives on all levels of decision-making, the UN’s goals of equality and development cannot be achieved – no matter how many conventions are ratified, no matter how many resolutions are signed. It’s a reaffirmation that without the participation of women, a commission on the status of women would not be here today.
Their needs and interests must be taken into account because it’s an integral ingredient for democracy to properly function. It’s their very pain and strife that can bring us together in solving global problems.