Published on 22 April 2014 by Samira Ali BinDaair / tabsir.net / First published April 15 in Opinion
When it comes to women and gender in Yemen, I see the discussions inevitably alternating between what is happening in politics and then back again to the same old arguments about women’s rights. I think the problem is that we always look at women’s issues from a very narrow lens even though we profess to uphold women’s rights, whatever those are and by whoever’s definition. After working for the past 20 years in development programs that have spanned different agendas and a variety of target groups and where gender analysis always featured largely, I can safely say that this whole concept of gender mainstreaming was introduced to Yemen without being communicated through more culturally sensitive strategies. The result has been considerable confusion. Because it was introduced by Western agencies, it was sometimes greatly misunderstood, implemented poorly and misused by people with vested interests, just as some men with vested interests have misinterpreted the role of women in Islam.
Published on 22 April 2014 by Tuğba Evrim Maden / dailysabah.com / First published April 18 in Opinion
Reports about climate change were published after a series of meetings in preparation for a climate summit to be held in New York on Sept. 23, 2014. In the first report published in September 2013, wide coverage was given to the role of humans in climate change.
Published on 22 April 2014 by Mansour A. Albogami / aljazeera.com / First published April 16 in Opinion
In March, in an unprecedented move, three Arab Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar. This move reflected a break with the Gulf monarchies' tradition of behind-the-scenes conflict management.