World Women’s Day celebrated [Archives:2004/719/Community]

March 11 2004
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By Fahmia Al-Fotih
For the Yemen Times

Under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Abdualkader Bajamal, the Women's National Committee (WNC) celebrated and marked International Women's Day at the Center Cultural on Monday.
Mr. Abdualkareem Al-Arhabi, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, attended the ceremony along with a number of representatives of local and international organizations.
The Minister of Social Affairs congratulated all the women on their day and said “Today, it is an occasion to remember what Yemeni women have achieved and what has not yet been fulfilled.”
He further said, “Educating women is an important issue and one of their principal problems. If the woman is educated she will know her rights and organize her family in the context of the fast population growth. She can also act as an effective and positive influence on her children.”
He wished success for the conference and fruitful results.
Ms. Rasheeda Al-Hamadani, the Chairman of the WNC, delivered a speech in which she welcomed the crowd and said “This ceremony has come after the success that the first conference on ending violence against women. It is not enough to be proud of having one women here or there to say to claim a victory for women. However, it becomes more necessary to merge the women economically, politically, socially and culturally and in all development fields to take part effectively in the building of society and to enable her to express her opinion. It is necessary to give her the ability to change as well as to have the ability to overcome all the obstacles that she may face.”
She further said, “I find this good opportunity to ask all the concerned bodies, women-related organizations and the mass media to play an effective role in promoting women's issues and rights, as unfortunately most women ignore their rights .”