• Dato: 18. juni 2015
  • Tid: 10.00 - 13.00
  • Sted: Danish Institute for Human Rights, Wilder Plads, 8K, 1403 Copenhagen K. Meeting room: Nordskov

Together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and International Media Support, KVINFO invites you for a seminar about Yemen, the current conflict and its impact on gender balances and women's roles in it.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. The country’s Minister for Human Rights has said that nine million Yemenis are in pressing need of humanitarian aid, with the southern cities of Aden, Taez and Dhale lacking electricity, water, fuel, medical supplies and food. These cities have been the location of continued fighting between Houthis and Saleh loyalists against pro-government armed groups. Al Qaeda has also recently expanded its reach in southern Yemen, taking control of a major airport and an oil export terminal two weeks after it seized the nearby city of Al Mukalla. Saudi-led coalition air strikes continue in the area.
The seminar will be an opportunity to get an insight into this conflict and to discuss how Denmark and the international community can assist Yemen’s efforts to move forward.  It will provide a platform for discussion on the current conflict with both Danish and Yemeni actors.

The seminar will discuss recent political and human rights developments in Yemen, addressing both the internal armed conflict and the air campaign by the Saudi-led coalition.

The speakers will consider questions related to the absence of a functioning state. Some of the core issues to be considered are:

  • What are the basic human rights conditions in Yemen?
  • What are the challenges related to transitional justice initiatives after the 2011 uprising?
  • How is the current conflict transforming gender balances?
  • What are women’s roles in it?
  • What is the Yemeni media’s role in the current situation?
  • What are the exile government’s initiatives and actions?
  • What are the regional power conflict roles in this conflict?

The seminar will be held in Arabic and English. Interpretation will be provided.


  • Opening: DIHR’s Deputy Executive Director, Eva Grambye
  • ‘Why is transitional justice important? by H.E. Dr. Almekhlafi, Minister of Legal Affairs
  • ‘End of transition process; what hopes for women’s rights?‘ by Amal Albasha
  • ‘The role of media in the context of the ongoing conflict and its future resolution’ by Sara Zawqari, Radio host at Yemen Times Radio
  • 'Houthies – on the path towards national dialogue?' by Ali Abukhati, Houthies expert
  • ‘Yemen, Iran and Saudi Arabia: A Power Struggle in the Gulf’ by Dr. Hanna Ziadeh, DIHR
  • Discussion


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