The AWO is an intergovernmental organization established under the umbrella of the League of Arab States and headquartered in Egypt. It emerged from the Cairo Declaration issued by the First Arab Women Summit in November 2000 and was co-organized by the National Council for Women in Egypt, Hariri Foundation in Lebanon and the League of Arab States. AWO’s agreement came into effect in March 2003.
The AWO has several objectives :
- Achieving solidarity of Arab women as a cornerstone for Arab solidarity.
- Coordinating common Arab stands regarding Arab and international affairs and when dealing with Arab women issues in regional and international organizations.
- Raising awareness regarding economic, social, cultural and legal issues pertaining to Arab women.
- Fostering cooperation and exchange of experience between member Arab states to enhance the status of women.
- According women issues priority in developmental policies and plans.
- Empowering women and building their capacities as human beings and citizens to play an effective role in societal institutions, in the labor market, and in decision making circles.
- Enhancing essential health and education services for women.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.