In Brief [Archives:2005/824/Local News]

March 14 2005

– On Women's Day March 8, a number of distinctive female personalities who had an integral role in reviving the women's movement and in making women a partner in the development process were awarded in Sana'a.

– Citizens in Taiz are complaining of being blackmailed and having their lands stolen by a gang led by influential people pretending to be municipality authorities.

– Locals in al-Qabbaita, in Lahj Governorate, are complaining of a water shortage leading many people to leave for the cities. Locals are calling on the authorities to take immediate action to solve the crisis.

– Around 30 Yemeni women are calling for the political empowerment of women by boycotting the political parties that oppose the application of the quota system.

– Yemeni journalists have approved a cooperation agreement between their syndicate and the International Union of Journalists with the aim of enhancing its ability to their interests.

– Yemeni children will participate by entering 99 paintings in the Tripoli International Painting Contest scheduled for April 20. The paintings express the reality of the Yemeni child and their lives in school and at home.

– A workshop under the title of “Woman and the Society, Move for the sake of development” was concluded in the city of Ibb with the aim of enhancing the role of women in the social development last week.

– Yemen will take part in Iran's Third Conference that aims to enhance dialog, cooperation and confidence among member countries in the Islamic Conference. Yemen is represented by Khalid al-Akwa'a Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

– The National Museum has recently received two ancient pieces in the shape of two Islamic tombs stones made of a precious stone, weighing 245 kg. The two pieces were returned from Britain.