5 April 2017 (GENEVA) – Two new books entitled “Women’s Rights in the Arab Region: Myths and Realities” and “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony – Proceedings of the UN Geneva side event held on 19 September 2016 and lessons learned” have been published this week by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“The Geneva Centre”).

The book on “Women’s Rights in the Arab Region: Myths and Realities” reviews the outcome of the panel deliberations that were made during a side-event organized by the Geneva Centre in the framework of the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council, with the support of the UNESCO Geneva Liaison Office at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG).

The side-event held on 22 March 2016, entitled “The Advancement of the Status of Women in the Arab World”, sought to offer an alternative narrative about women in the Arab region, by discussing the progress achieved over the last decade and analysing the lessons learned.

The panel meeting was devoted to discussing the advancement of the status of Arab women over the last decade and correcting the widespread misperception and stereotyping of Arab women.

The book also reviews selected areas of women’s rights in the Arab region together with information on the progress achieved through the implementation of national, regional and international women’s rights mechanisms.

This book will be the subject of a new panel discussion scheduled for the month of June 2017, which will be intended to review and update this important theme.

The second publication, entitled “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony – Proceedings of the UN Geneva side event held on 19 September 2016 and lessons learned” is the fruit of a panel discussion organized at UNOG by the Geneva Centre on 19 September 2016 on the occasion of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the UN in Switzerland and the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The discussion provided the opportunity to present and discuss the findings of a study entitled “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony” that was prepared by the renowned Swiss-Algerian scholar Dr. Zidane Meriboute in 2016.

The Geneva Centre’s latest publication brings together the proceedings of the fruitful discussion on this timely theme, as well as lessons learned and concrete recommendations for the future.In an innovative approach, this book suggests that there is a need to promote and ensure collective responsibility to fight the politically-motivated distortion and manipulation of all religions.

Only through dialogue between populations and regions of all cultures and religious faiths, creeds and other value systems can all build bridges of understanding and tolerance between them, thereby fostering universal social cohesion and harmony.

The paper copies of these two publications can be obtained by sending an email request to the following email address info@gchragd.org indicating name and postal address of recipient.

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