Youth Talk

Published on 19 March 2012 in Essays

The National Dialogue Conference will take place by the end of March, according to the GCC Initiative and its implementation mechanism. What topics would you most like to be discussed and highlighted during this conference?

Khalid Al-Karimi, 23

The security situation ranks first in terms of urgency. Security is the key to multiple political and economic feats. Operative resolutions to restructure the military and security forces can help defuse the ongoing tensions.

In fact, this matter cries out for sagacity due to its intense gravity. Consequently, the success of the military restructuring process may result in the evacuation of the squares which is a sought-after achievement.

Additionally, we want to hear from the Houthi insurgents. What do they aspire to do in Yemen? Do they have specific demands? What are they? The southern issue is also worth highlighting. It is of great weight, and it must be seriously addressed.

These are the crucial topics and national dialogue stakeholders ought to end up with actions, not just rhetoric. There are still many ills that plague the country like the electricity outage, the soaring unemployment rate, etc. However, these troubles will be resolved once Yemen is free of the insecurity sparked by the northern insurgents and southern separatists.

Adnan Almuhana, 27

I think that the restructuring of the army and the economic challenges are the most important topics to be put on the table at the national dialogue.

Jamal Abdu Yousef Al-Hattami, 24

According to my own perspective, I think the first topic that must be taken into consideration in the conference according to the GCC Initiative is the issue of the south. There is a real threat to the unity of Yemen. The people there feel that they are marginalized.

There are voices being raised calling for the division of Yemen again. I hope that this issue will get solved before anything else.

Abdullah Al-Zoureki, 26, final year student

First of all they must decide what will be the shape of this new government. Will it be federal, parliamentary, or presidential rule! Then, restructuring the army would be the second topic they must talk about, and this step cannot be taken without the engagement of Al-Herak and the Houthis.

So how is it going to be? How is the new constitution to be formed and who will do it? Is it by the Committee on the Constitution? I think this issue is a sensitive one because it’s all about the country’s future.

Hussein Al-Hakimi

The conference must talk about the role of women. My point of view wants the recognition of the great national struggle by Yemeni women and their appreciated participation in the revolution and their contribution to public life politically, economically, socially, and culturally.

Women must be fairly represented in the institutions of political decision making. The coming government must widely expand women’s opportunities in a real partnership to establish a “civil” modern democratic state.

Maha Nagi, graduate

I think this conference should address the topics of health and education in particular. They should start mainly with these two points as our country is failing in these two areas.

The people are suffering from the deprivation of these basic services that can improve our people lives. And then issues like restructuring of the army and the amendment of the constitution. I hope they will not forget to prosecute those who led our country to corruption.

Next week’s question: 

The Friends of Yemen Conference is scheduled to be held in Al-Riyadh next month to financially help Yemen get over its challenges. Do you think this donors’ conference will be successful, or a failure like the 2006 conference in London? Why?

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