UK Baroness highlights project to empower women in the Middle East

UK Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi released a statement to coincide with International Women's Day

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UK Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi released a statement on Saturday in honor of International Women’s Day, highlighting the Arab Partnership Project, an initiative working to empower women in the Midde East.

The project works with governments, international organizations, and civil society in order for women in the Middle East to have better representation in government and increase their participation in political processes.

Calling the work, “essential to the future development of the region,” the Rt Hon Baroness specifically mentioned the initiative’s most recent project in Libya.

“In countries such as Libya, we are supporting women MPs within the General National Congress and strengthening their capacity to build networks and engage with civil society.”

In her statements, Warsi said the "empowerment of women should be a global priority."

"For too many women around the world, the opportunity to play a full part within society, both economically and politically, remains a distant dream. I firmly believe that lasting stability and prosperity in any part of the world can only be achieved when women's rights are fully guaranteed,” she added.

Baroness Warsi was appointed Senior Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government in September 2012. She was previously Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's. The day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is marked on March 8 every year. Thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements in addition to shedding light on further progress that is needed for women’s rights.