26_September [Archives:2008/1136/Press Review]

March 10 2008

Thursday, March 6
Top Stories

– President Saleh stresses necessity of updating marine and coastal defense forces

– Effective participation for Yemen in the Arab summit in Damascus

– Qatari mediation team doesn't withdraw from Sa'ada, expends efforts to end crisis

– Government takes tough procedures to ensure that bakeries sell bread by weight

– Yemen welcomes Fatah and Hamas' interaction with its initiative

– Yemen to host international conference on fighting cancer

– Vice President confirms government's support for women in all development fields

Vice President AbduRabu Mansour Hadi attended on Wednesday the opening session of the annual meeting for the Yemeni Women Union (YWU) Central Council, the weekly reported, adding that Hadi delivered a speech in which he expressed happiness to attend the meeting, saying that the union is considered the biggest popular organization at the governorate level, and therefore works in partnership and cooperation with the government and other civil community organizations.

The vice president confirmed his government's support for women in all development fields and in positions of making political, economic and social decisions. He highly appreciated role of the union in spreading awareness among society about rights of women, acknowledging that active women constitute an important element to enhance development in the nation while civil community organizations represent the basic grounds for the development process.

Regarding development in the region, the Yemeni official condemned recent attacks on Gaza Strip by the Zionist entity, considering the silence towards these attacks as contravening humanitarian principles and international laws of human rights.

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Amat Al-Razaq Humad emphasized the necessity of marking out of the International Women Day a key turn to support Yemeni women. She also highlighted the role of the union in improving status of Yemeni women, and their political, economic and social participation in the development process. According to Humad, her ministry is working to evaluate all civil community organizations, their role and activities, as well as reviewing laws and bylaws of these organizations.