Unprecedented national women’s conference

Published on 22 March 2012 in News
Marwa Najmaldin (author)

Marwa Najmaldin

A lack of political serenity has divided women into a pro- and anti-Saleh regime camps.  (adenalghad.net)

A lack of political serenity has divided women into a pro- and anti-Saleh regime camps. (adenalghad.net)

SANA’A — The National Women’s Conference was opened by Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindawa last Monday in Sana’a.

The two day conference was held by the Ministry of Human Rights in collaboration with the National Women’s Committee.

It discussed political, social, economic and health problems that face Yemeni women. In addition, the conference discussed armed conflicts and gender issues.

Basindawa described the conference as an unprecedented assembly and as a new event in the history of Yemeni women, indicating that the conference is a sign of Yemeni women’s seriousness to encourage real development in the country.

According to the Minister of Human Rights, Horiya Mashhoor, the conference paves the way for the upcoming National Dialogue Conference that Yemeni women would participate in as one of the social and national powers.

The conference also discussed the aspirations of women and their role in the Arab Spring in Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

Despite fierce verbal arguments between pro and anti-regime women over the revolution, according to Eshraq Al-Makhedhi, head of the Women’s Section in the Al-Haq Political Party, it was a good conference because it included women from different political affiliations and different governorates.

“The disagreements between those women are natural due to the absence of political serenity in the country,” said Al-Makhedhi. “These disagreements represented only individual behaviors.”

Al-Makhedhi criticized the absence of women from war-torn Sa’ada governorate, pointing out that the woman in Sa’ada had suffered greatly from the armed conflicts and numerous wars fought there.

Majed Al-Madhhaji, a spokesman of the Sisters’ Arab Forum told the Yemen Times that the conference was very important despite the absence of some prominent women.

However, he expressed his satisfaction with the conference that “included independent and partisan women.”

He added, “What happened between the women who disagreed in the conference was due to consequences of the recent times.”