UPI - Wednesday, December 01, 2004
SANAA, Yemen, Dec. 1 (UPI) — A conference dedicated to upholding Arab women’s right to participate in their countries’ political life is to be held later this month in Yemen, reports said.
A statement issued by the Arab Shakek Forum organizing the conference, the first of its kind, stressed the move is necessary to help introduce badly needed political and social reforms in Arab countries.
"The conference will focus on the political status of Arab women and obstacles depriving women from having a say in political decision-making," the statement said.
Delegations from 21 Arab states will participate in the three-day parley and present papers on the status of women in each country to help them develop a common vision and approach to dealing with challenges facing Arab women and improving their political representation.