AMMAN — The “overarching” issues of gender equality and women’s rights will be the focus of an international conference, slated to open in Amman next Sunday. 

The 11th Conference of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) will provide a platform for participants from all over the world to discuss means to empower women and enhance their participation in boosting the economy, organisers said. 

The four-day conference, to be held under His Majesty King Abdullah’s patronage, is being organised by the National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights.

“Gender equality is, first and foremost, a human rights issue… the event will help create a new philosophy to address women’s causes,” NCHR Commissioner General Mousa Burayzat said at a press conference on Wednesday. 

More than 272 delegates representing 110 national human rights institutions (NHRI) and civil society organisations are scheduled to take part in the conference to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis in hampering gender equality and women’s rights.

Discussions will also cover ways to develop the NHRI action plan to improve gender equality, in addition to related international conventions such as the Convention on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. 

The conference will also enable participants to exchange experiences on best practices applied to safeguard girls and women rights, according to organisers.  

“Participants will adopt a final declaration, or Amman declaration, that outlines a clear strategy and allows for a long-term action plan,” Burayzat highlighted.  

A representative body of NHRI, the ICC works on enhancing mutual cooperation among these agencies around the world. One of its major functions is to guarantee the implementation of the 1993 UN Paris Principles on human rights.