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Combating violence against women..A symposium for the Tihama Women’s Union in Ma’rib

The Tihama Women’s Union organized today in Marib a symposium entitled “Combating Violence against Women between Reality and the Law”, coinciding with the International Human Rights Day and the 16 Days Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, as well as on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, with the participation of a number of women and girls and civil society organizations.

At the opening of the symposium, the journalist Zina Abbas spoke about the forms, effects, manifestations and escalation of violence against women throughout the country, noting that “violence against women and girls, before the outbreak of war in Yemen, was a recurring problem, especially within the family, and as it is prevalent in many societies.” It is socially shameful to report abuse against women.”

She added, “Women are less powerful in society than men, and it is very shameful in Yemeni culture to hit or insult a woman. Nevertheless, the father or brother has the right to do so in order to discipline the girl if necessary.”

For her part, lawyer and human rights adviser Nazmia Abdel Latif, in her paper entitled “How Yemeni Law Confronted Violence against Women,” said that “the rules of Yemeni law, as well as international humanitarian law, human rights laws, refugee conventions, international conventions on women’s rights and the prevention of discrimination against them, and the statute of the International Criminal Court.” , all address the needs of women in times of peace, in addition to times of war and armed conflict, but the great challenge facing this legislative system is how the world complies with these rules regulating women’s rights.

Noting that the latest global estimates on the prevalence of violence against women confirm that “one out of every three women is exposed to violence at least once in her life in the world, and at the local level in Yemen, an Oxfam report indicated that 56% of married women are subjected to violence in some form.” different”.

In her paper on “The Government’s Role in Reducing the Phenomenon of Violence against Women”, Yusra Abdullah Al-Saqayah, a member of the Legal Affairs Office in the governorate, indicated that “the government’s role aims to put in place measures to eliminate all forms of violence against women based on gender discrimination in order to Achieving equality and respect for human dignity, by adopting a comprehensive approach based on addressing its various forms by preventing, tracing and punishing perpetrators, and protecting and entrusting the victims.

For her part, a member of the Rights and Freedoms Committee of the Tihama Women’s Union, Fatima Abdullah, said in her speech that “if a woman suffers from various types of violence, whether family, community, occupational, legal or sexual violence, and all kinds of gender-based violence, the suffering of women The violence directed against it increases because of the wars, so that it becomes a compound violence, both objective and subjective, starting from the general situation and ending with its specific situations.”

And on “the effects of the war on Yemeni women and how it increased violence against them,” a member of the Media Committee of the Tihama Women’s Union, Maisa Al-Ahdal, noted the increase in gender-based violence after seven years of war, exceeding the usual levels of violence, as the war pushed women and girls to engage in risky work, to help provide an income for their families, displacement and homelessness and bear the responsibility to support children.

She added that displacement and the collapse of protection mechanisms led to a significant increase in the exposure of women and girls to violence, and said that the methods of violence increased frighteningly and amounted to massive attacks committed by the armed Houthi group against women, such as arrest, disappearance, defamation and recruitment, to verbal violence at checkpoints and shaving the head, especially The heads of new brides who travel to Marib, for example.

The symposium included a number of interventions by women participants and activists, who spoke about violence against women and ways to combat it and to raise awareness of the community in order to contribute to the elimination of all forms of violence against women based on gender discrimination in order to achieve equality and respect for human dignity.


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