Female presence and participation in NGOs called “peculiarities” [Archives:2006/960/Local News]

July 3 2006

SANA'A, July 1 ) Yemen is an exception and has peculiarities in its civil society, said the French Ambassador to Yemen, Alain Moureau at the opening session of the symposium on Civil Society, Citizenship, and Local Governance in Yemen. The event was held Saturday in Sana'a.

“The issue of civil society has become a challenge at the international level. Yemen has peculiarities in its civil society and that lies in the presence and participation of women in the non-governmental organizations,” Moureau noted.

Khadija Al-Haisami, Minister of Human Rights, stressed the importance of the civil society in Yemen. The issue of civil society has gone through several phases, she said.

“Civil society institutions are the outcome of historical phases, and their existence was proved by the existence of the unification in 1990.”