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12. November 2009

Yemen: Media Women Forum-Press Release

Sana’a, October 28- Dr. Edit Schlaffer and the SAVE team presented the SAVE Documentary “Journeys through Darkness” at the Media Women Forum. The event received extensive media coverage from the press.

To read the press release on Yemen News' website, please click here. (Arabic)

To read the press release on Mareb Press' website, please click here. (Arabic)

Please see below for an English translation of the Media Women Forum press release:

A Show for 'Sisters Against Violent Extremism' Documentary at Media Women Forum

On October 28th, the Training and Advocacy Unit at Media Women Forum (MWF) launched the Women without Borders/SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism) documentary "Journeys Through Darkness" in Amat alaleem Alsosowa Hall. The film focuses on three women from three different countries who have been exposed to crises as a consequence of terrorist acts and conflicts. The film highlights how these incidents/acts have affected these women's lives and changed their attitudes. SAVE intends to produce a similar film about women in Yemen. A number of representatives for local and international organizations along with a group from Yemeni media attended the launch.

Fakhria Hujaira, executive director of MWF, delivered a welcoming speech in which she spoke about the status of Yemeni women and the important role that women can play in political and economic change, as well as mechanisms for activating this role through individuals and organizations. Hujaira hoped that the documentary that SAVE intends to film about Yemeni women would meet the needs of Yemeni women and would have a positive tangible effect on social ground.

Then, Dr Edit Schlaffer, the founder and chairperson of Women without Borders, highlighted the goals of the organization and how the global coalition SAVE connects women from all over the world. SAVE aims to highlight the stories of women who have been victims of war and terrorist acts, to show how they have overcome these crises. Schlaffer called upon the Yemeni women activists and media to join the SAVE initiative and coalition.

Participants highlighted the negative impact of terrorism upon all development fields like education and economy as well as how it affects women directly. The attendees agreed that terrorism is not attached to any particular religion or ethnicity and they highlighted that Islam does not encourage any kind of terrorism or extremism. Some participants showed their concerns about the devastating consequences of the Sada'a war in the North of Yemen that should draw the concern of the international community. 


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