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Article Date: December 15, 2008
Minister of Human Rights Huda Al-Ban said that the ministry is preparing the first national strategy for human rights, that will focus on several fields, most important of which the partnership between civil society organizations and women's rights, particularly political rights.
Al-Ban said the government has brought in amendments to several laws to meet international legislations and accords that Yemen ratified for child and women rights.
In a statement, the minister said the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights comes while Yemen has made strides in this area through development of related regulations and commitment to apply human rights accords.
On the other hand, opening a special workshop on promoting the role of women in local governance, deputy minister of Local Administration for the Women Development Sector Khadija Radman said the Yemeni women have benefited from recommendations of the International Women's Committee and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Women in Yemen have also benefited from recommendations over raising awareness about the girl's education through taking steps to overcome hindrances to the girl's education, Radman said.
At the workshop which was organized by the Women Development Sector at the ministry in collaboration with the Decentralization Promotion and Local Development Project, the deputy affirmed the ministry's interest to form the Women Development Sector according to its views aiming at activating the role of women as well as in response to advancements in the administrative organization and conversion to decentralization areas.The sector works to prepare women, build their capabilities and qualify them to be social effective assets, the issue which is much detailed in the National Strategy for Local Governance, she said.