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17. January 2012

Bilqis and Rima

Dr. Bilqis Jubari and daughter Rima

Yemeni Women: Building a Better Future

Interview with Yemeni Experts Dr. Bilqis Jubari and Dr. Mohammed Al-Maitami on Zeitim Bild 24 - ORF Austria

In December 2011, Women without Borders/SAVE invited two Yemeni experts to Vienna to discuss the future economic and social challenges faced by their country since the uprisings that began in January 2011.

Dr. Jubari has partnered with Women without Borders to launch the new Stop Violence! Hotline which will provide concerned family members with counseling services toll free across the country. She is the director of the leading Educational and Psychological Counselling Centre at Sana'a University in Yemen, where she is also an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. She is also co-founder and chair of the Family Counselling and Development Foundation, one of the only organizations in Yemen to provide psychiatric and counselling services to the population. She is a courageous advocate for women in a country ranked as one of the worst in the world for women's rights, and is also a consultant for INTERSOS and the Social Fund for Development.

Her husband, Dr. Mohammed al-Maitami was ranked as one of the most influential Arabs in the world in the 2010 Arabian Business Power 500 list. He combines his role as Professor of Economics at Sana'a University in Yemen with his position as Vice Chancellor of the International University of Technology in Malaysia. Dr. al-Maitami founded the Sheba Center for Strategic Studies in 2008, to provide Yemen's decision-makers with alternative social, economic and political policy strategies. Since 2007 he has been Vice Chairman of Non-Governmental Advisory Counsel of the President of the Republic of Yemen. Dr. al-Maitami also consults for the World Bank, the Middle East Forum for Democracy in Washington D.C., and the Global Development Network.

The couple was interviewed by ORF during their stay in Vienna. Watch the full ZIB 24 interview with English subtitles here:


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