With international coverage of the Middle East focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict, the war in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear program, and the financial markets of the Persian Gulf States, little attention is given to one of the region’s poorest countries, Yemen. The few spikes in media coverage of Yemen over the past few years are all related to fears of al-Qaida presence.
In collaboration with the Hand in Hand Initiative, Ghaida’a al-Absi will organize a new media training course for female politicians, activists, and human right workers in order to bring a new perspective to the Arabic-language blogosphere and to build an online network of Yemeni gender activists. It is fitting that today, on the 98th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we announce al-Absi’s initiative to bring more women’s voices to the internet. The deteriorating status of women’s rights in Yemen is frequently documented and discussed, but rarely do women themselves take part in those discussions. By reaching out to NGO’s and political parties throughout Yemen al-Absi aims to change that.