Gender equity, women’s rights discussed [Archives:2006/998/Local News]

November 13 2006

Taiz Bureau
TAIZ, Nov. 12 ) The social situation is impossible to stabilize and the equity principle cannot be established unless there are extensive efforts and serious work on the topic, said Suad Al-Absi, chairwoman of the Yemeni Women Union.

Al-Absi called on the civil community and local authorities, as well as the international community, to look at the woman as being the 'solution' and not the 'problem.'

She urged organizations to expand their activities in all governorates, particularly the densely-populated governorate of Taiz and not to concentrate only on the capital.

The National Human Rights Capacity Project along with the women's union organized a meeting on gender equity and enhancing women rights.

“The project contributes to building the capacities of workers in national foundations and improve their administrative skills and experiences, as well as to train them on English and computer,” said Abdulkarim Al-Awj, Director of National Human Rights Capacity Project.

He said the project aims to spread awareness among workers in national foundations about human rights and establish an electronic library equipped with technical devices, documents and reports on human rights.

“The project aims to integrate human rights concepts into school syllabuses,” continued Al-Awj.

On his part, Ahmad Abdurrahman Al-Alimi, General Manager of Taiz Social Affairs and Labour Office, clarified, “We have to pay closer attention to human rights and work hard to overcome any difficulties posed to women and their awareness. The Yemeni woman has to be aware of her legal rights to be an effective partner in the social development.”

Hawrya Mashhour, Deputy Chairwoman of National Woman Rights Committee and Manager of the Project To Enhance Women Rights, discussed the situation of human rights organizations working in Yemen. She reviewed the most important goals of the project, in addition to the means and factors necessary to enable women to strengthen their rights.

Mashhour urged media to play an integral role in increasing women's awareness about their own rights, saying the media's role is the most important component for the project's success.

By the end of the meeting, Abdulqader Hatem, Deputy Governor of Taiz, praised the Yemeni woman's historical role.

“The problems, which the Yemeni society experience, is the result of denying women their rights. We have to defend women's rights in order to achieve the principle of gender equity,” concluded Hatem.