The Project Facilitators

In a raining day, Hand in Hand Initiative teamwork had a meeting. They talked about the project, and how they are going to implement it in Yemen. The names of the project facilitators are:

1- Basheer al_Samawi

2-Fathi al_Dhafri

3-Shorouq al_Nono

4- Jamal al_Hanash

and ofcourse Ghaida'a al_Absi

The biggest challenges that we are facing now is the possibilities of finding a lab with Internet access, but we have a great hope,and we will start the first training course in May 2009.

We are very excited


Introduction to Empowerment of Yemeni Women Activists in New Media Techniques

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.

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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.