Press conference: Women facing war [Archives:2003/09/Local News]

February 3 2003

Under the auspices of HE the Minister of Information, Hussein Dhaifallah Al-Awadhi, and on the occasion of the Woman’s International Day, March 8, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sana’a, will hold a press conference to launch the “Women Facing War” study in Arabic, on March 6, at Mercure Hotel – Sana’a.
The study is about women’s suffering in situations of armed conflicts stressing that women are not only victims, but also exposed to attacks and threats, and sometimes especially targeted. The study gives a deep analysis mainly about International Humanitarian Law (IHL), also about Human Rights and Refugees Law as a tool to evaluate the protection offered by these laws to women. It contains a general view on the ICRC’s practical response to women’s need as victims of armed conflicts. The study stresses that it is important that the general and special protection provided by International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is becoming a reality, assuring that the problem lies not in the international laws themselves but in implementing and respecting these laws.
Beside this conference, there will be a photo exhibition showing women’s suffering during armed conflicts all over the world – from March 6 to 8, at Mercure Hotel – Sana’a.