Rumi Forum Participated in the Istanbul Summit 2016

Rumi Forum participated in the Istanbul Summit 2016 held by the Journalists and Writers Foundation, with its Women’s Platform, on 7-8 May, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand in partnership with Thailand Achievement Institute. The theme of this year’s convention was “Reconsidering Gender Equality and Peaceful Societies“.

Mr. Mustafa Yilmaz, Director, Rumi Forum Islamabad Chapter, Mr. Sait Celik, Director, Rumi Forum Karachi Chapter, and Mrs Meral Kacmaz, Director, Rumi Forum Lahore Women’s Platform represented the Forum.

A delegation of Pakistani intellectuals including Ms. Abida Hussain, Ex-MNA , Former Ambassador to USA; Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan MNA , Chairman, Human Rights Commission; Ms. Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Provincial Minister of Punjab; Dr. M. Aslam Khaki Senior Advocate; Mrs. Yasmin Haider Senior Advocate; Ms. Alia Nasreen, Anchorperson Business Plus TV and Columnist; Ms. Neelam Nawab, Anchorperson DIN TV; Ms. Najia Baig , TV Show host and Actor; Prof. Dr. Khalida Ghaus MD, SPDC and Ms. Fauzia Shaheen, Executive Director WMC also participated and contributed to the proceedings.

Discussants advocated the issues of women and women empowerment in Pakistan and elsewhere. It was expressed that Pakistan, as one of the first countries to have a woman prime minister and numerous women members of the parliament, cherishes women empowerment and gender equality. Challenges and problems faced in this regard are considerably influenced by lack of education as well as lack of adequate socio-cultural and religious awareness.

Sustainable Development, which aims to address pressing environmental, social and economic issues such as climate change, poverty and inequality among others, has become a central concern for the global community starting with the publication of Brundtland Report of World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) in 1983. Since then, sustainable development has become a priority in the global arena in key international institutions such as the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank and has informed the development agenda of the UN. However, there has been an increasing awareness of the link between sustainable development and peace more recently. Because problems sustainable development agenda aims to address are often key triggers and underlying causes in many international and civil conflicts today. International summits such as Rio+20 and UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda include issues related to the connection between peace, security and sustainable development as some of the main development goals to be address until 2030.