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I was one of 1,000 women participating in the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament in its 11th edition organized by the Federal National Council of the UAE and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.The summit is the largest assembly of women speakers in the world, this year involving more than 50 women speakers of Parliament and 400 women parliamentarians among leaders from governments, businesses, industries and civil society organizations across different sectors and disciplines.Recently, there has been a positive trend in improving collaboration at the level of community groups, civil society organizations, NGOs, parliaments and governments when it comes to improving living conditions and advocating initiatives protecting human rights.Building local support for local constituencies of civil society action, getting people to think, engage with and care about a cause is the best strategy for growing local ownership and participation and achieving development.People from organizations and social groups who defeated Article 522 are often not "specialists" working on a particular issue but rather local people responding to challenges their community is encountering. Those community organizations are building trust within, between and among the communities they serve.
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