Non-Aligned Movement represents a very large majority of humanity of this earth. It has traditionally fought against imperialism, colonialism, racism, neo-imperialism, and neo-colonialism, and against all forms of prejudice and dominance. It has fought for an even-handed social and economic order, which includes its fight for women and children of the world.
Women and their condition has always been a matter of major concern for societies and leaders, and more so has been the case in modern times. With the increasing threat towards this gender and the upsurge in inequality towards them has got NAM involved within its capacity to protect and further empower the kind. As women pay a crucial role in economic and social development of a family and on a larger level a nation, managing around 70-80% of food production, processing and marketing and managing small businesses and the lives of the ones related to her, NAM endeavours to not only examine the issues of women and what is holding them back by organising global conferences on women’s issues, also plays a lead role worldwide in taking practical steps towards the process of “empowering women”.
Children are the nation’s most valuable asset and our most precious treasure. They deserve a safe, healthy and conducive environment to grow into leaders of tomorrow it is therefore necessary that values for a better future are inculcated in their education and upbringing. This issue which has been the centre of concentrated efforts before has become a topic of major discussion amongst the chief issues discussed by members of the Non–Aligned Movement in their recent summits. This includes protecting children from all forms of abuse, violence, neglect as well as exploitation. Furthermore, the progress of a country depends directly on the well being of its children.
NAM has held ministerial meetings on the advancement of women discussing vital issues related to women and their further development. In this context the ‘Doha Declaration on the Family’ is termed as the first step towards the subject matter as it set fundamental principles regarding family interests and rights.
Further in the ministerial meetings NAM has concentrated on matters like protecting women against wars and diseases, giving them better education, while granting them equal political, social and economic rights, also enforcing laws to protect them against domestic abuse.
It also focused on issues such as ways to increase their capacity and achieving gender equality in addition to eliminating all forms of discrimination against them, ensuring measures to strengthen the role of women in decision making politically and also in the field of technology.
NAM has again and again stressed on critical issues of how vital women are for a nation to fight crisis, the need to cease any sort of violence against them, increasing their power and involvement in public as well as political scenarios, while emphasising on education for women. Hence, proving NAM’s serious commitment to the cause of women and their development worldwide.
NAM has been ardent in bringing a radical change in the condition of women calling on countries to end discriminatory laws, also asking nations to commit themselves to take series of actions to empower women. It won’t be wrong to say that this endeavour has brought a certain change in various countries bringing governments together for the agenda, with countries like Qatar, Gabon, Madagascar, Vietnam, and Egypt reaching to their women, resulting in better conditions for them.
NAM directs the community as a whole to strengthen the overall capacity of society in caring for children and keeping them safe. This includes activities directed at changing attitudes and social behaviours through advocacy and awareness campaigns, strengthening parenting skills, promoting the need for alternative forms of discipline rather than physical punishment, and sensitization on the impact of violence against children. It further urges NAM member states to build intervention services of primary, secondary and tertiary levels including mediation, counselling, community monitoring, and in extreme cases intervention of state in placement of the child in alternative care for their safety.