symposium held at United Nations, New York.
On February 12, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Peace Islands Institute [a Gulen-inspired NGO in the US] co-organized symposium took place to commemorate World Harmony Day. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also sent a message to the event.
In the event, Dr. Alp Aslandogan, President of The Alliance of Shared Values, presented a contrast seen in predominantly Muslim countries in terms of women's roles in society, and discussed three main factors for this difference of world views: Cultural traditions, different interpretations of religious traditions, and 'competing concerns'. In his remarks, Dr. Aslandogan also exemplifies how Hizmet (Gulen Movement) contributes to the empowerment of women in Turkey by addressing these competing concerns.