Syria’s First Lady &Arab Woman Organization Speech 


Her Excellency Mrs. Asma Al-Assad, the First Lady of Syria, underlined Tuesday, November 11, 2008, that the empowerment of the Arab Woman is never to search for a different role, but is to create an advanced modern society; where the values of real citizenship prevail. The empowerment of the Arab Woman is an issue for the present as well as for the future of the whole society, upgrading life in defense of justice, security, freedom as to keep the Homeland second to none.

 Addressing the Second Conference of the Arab Woman Organization (AWO), held under the motto: 'Women in the Concept and Issues of Human Security: Arab and International Perspectives", in Abu Dhabi, H. E. Mrs. Al-Assad said " The Homeland is not to be secure, if half of the society- Women- were to be insecure," calling on the Arab Women to have the courage of demand, determination of joint struggle with those who believe in the human citizen with no discrimination, for the sake of their cause; hence their struggle for the cause of their Homeland is but the struggle for the Homeland itself.

 The First Lady of Syria pointed out that Water Security is but the other side of Life Security worldwide, especially in the Arab World in light of the conditions under which our region lives, amid the continued Israeli occupation and persistent robbery of Arab Water resources: Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian, with all of what this robbery constitutes of hindering development efforts, not to mention their catastrophic consequences upon human security conditions with all of their aspects. Mrs. Al-Assad asserted that under no circumstances, could separation be made between the continued Israeli occupation of the Arab territories, the disregard of the Palestinian rights, and the status of Arabs Security, men and women together. 

 Mrs. Al-Assad affirmed that without the Human Security, normal life could not be correct, nor exist; hence Security has become the other side of the human perfect existence, whether as individuals or as societies. Her Excellency, further, declared that Economic Security and Cultural Security are two pillar cornerstones for Human Security; especially at the age of globalization which presents new causes linked to the Arab Cultural Security, which, being as important as our National Security, should top the agenda of our political action; hence culture is linked to the identity and belonging. 

"Time, at present as well as future, is what one makes by himself/herself. We, the Women, want and are required to take part in the making of our present as well as future," asserted Her Excellency Mrs. Asma Al-Assad. 

In addition, Mrs. Al-Assad, in her landmark speech, asserted the need for tackling the issue of Human Food Security, especially for the Woman, urging for an active State role in directing the positive course of development, growth, progress, and women empowerment. The First Lady of Syria commended the strenuous efforts exerted by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, AWO Chairperson, in empowerment of the Emirati Women, as well as the Arab Women.

 Edited & Translated by

Mohamad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

Rome, November 11, 2008.