UN condemns U.S. drone strike on funeral procession in Yemen

UN condemns U.S. drone strike on funeral procession in Yemen

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, GENEVA, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned the killing of more than 20 people, and the wounding of dozens of children and other relatives, during a funeral procession in southern Yemen, and urged authorities to hold those responsible to account. The Office of the UN […]

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Suad Abu-Dayyeh for Equaltiy Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EQ) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: The Human Rights Ministry of Yemen has confirmed that one of its officials has helped to prevent the wedding of a 12-year-old girl, which was due to take place earlier this month. Hiba was to be married in Taiz, Southern Yemen, but […]

Tawakkol Karman, First Arab Woman Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Gives Away Her $500,000 Award

Tawakkol Karman, First Arab Woman Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Gives Away Her $500,000 Award

Eleanor Gokberg – Huffington Post – 12 November 2013 (originally published 09 Nov) Tawakkul Karman, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, has donated all $500,000 of her award money. Dubbed the “mother of the revolution” in the mass uprising against the authoritarian regime of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Karman was […]

How Did Female Genital Mutilation Begin?

Rossella Lorenzi – Discovery News – Friday, 14 Decemeber 2012 (originally published 10 Dec) United Nations Member States recently approved the first-ever draft resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting women and girls and ending impunity for the harmful practice, […]

Women Fight to Define the Arab Spring

Women Fight to Define the Arab Spring

Carol Giacomo – New York Times – Monday, 12 November 2012 (originally published 10 Nov) When Mabrouka M’barek is in the Tunisian capital these days, much of her time is spent writing a new constitution as an elected member of the National Constituent Assembly. It is a role the 32-year-old mother of two embraces with […]

Push to Increase Women Teachers in Rural Yemen

Push to Increase Women Teachers in Rural Yemen

Mohammed Al-Samei – Yemen Times – Thursday, 27 September 2012 ( originally published 24 Sept) The percentage of women teachers in rural areas in Hajja is less than 10 percent. The number is the result of a noticeable increase in illiteracy in these areas, according to Mohammed Al-Qaedi, a resident in Hajja countryside. A new […]

UN High Commissioner Pillay urges religious and political leaders to ‘restore calm’

UN High Commissioner Pillay urges religious and political leaders to ‘restore calm’

WNN Breaking (WNN/OHCHR) United Nations, GENEVA: The United Nations human rights chief has urged religious and political leaders to do their utmost to restore calm in the wake of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests in countries across the world. “The film is malicious and deliberately provocative and portrays a disgracefully distorted image of […]

Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam

Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam

News Consortium – Catholic Online – Friday, 24 August 2012 (originally published 22 Aug) LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – When tens of thousands of women were prominent among the demonstrations, Yemen’s president at the time, Ali Abdullah Saleh accused the women of “un-Islamic” behavior. Saleh has since turned over power to Vice President Abd […]

Saleh is gone, but Yemen women’s struggle goes on

Saleh is gone, but Yemen women’s struggle goes on

Tom Finn – Reuters – Monday, 16 April 2012 (originally published 11 Apr) (Reuters) – When Sara Ahmed joined a protest in November to demand the resignation of Yemen’s president, she and the other women marched at the very front of the crowd. But no sooner had they set off through the capital than they […]