Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 24
By Orkhan Quluzade – Trend:
Appointment of first lady Mehriban Aliyeva as the first vice-president of Azerbaijan is a major step forward and a great symbol in promoting the empowerment of women, Yusuf bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said in an exclusive interview with Trend.
Empowerment of women is a fundamental objective of the OIC, as stipulated by its Ten-Year Program of Action, according to him.
The OIC secretary general said the program represents a model for involving women in the decision-making process in OIC member states.
“I wrote the first lady a congratulatory message immediately after her appointment as the first vice-president,” he added.