Italy may contribute to Yemeni Constitution, ambassador

'Cooperation on women's rights and justice sector', Al-Akwa says

18 June, 19:53

    Yemeni Nobel Prize Tawakkol Karman Yemeni Nobel Prize Tawakkol Karman

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - Italy can contribute to Yemen's new Constitution, said Ambassador Khalid Abdulrahman Al-Akwa ahead of a seminar at Rome university La Sapienza's law faculty on Thursday. It was noted that proposals resulting from the event could later be submitted to the committee drawing up the country's new national Charter. The two-day seminar will focus on cooperation between Rome and Sana'a on the issues of women's rights in the new constitution, sponsored by the Rome university and Law International, with support from the Italian foreign ministry.

    Law experts, National Dialogue participants, and Yemeni and Italian university professors will be taking part. Nobel Prize Tawakkol Karman will also partecipate to the meeting.

    The diplomat told ANSAmed that the seminar could lead to ''a draft document to submit to the committee. Yemeni women can learn and pick up useful suggestions from Italian laws''. He noted that simply ''importing'' regulatory framework is obvious not an option. ''Yemeni women,'' he said, ''will be able to see how much of the Italian legal framework can be included in the new Charter, and what instead would not work in the country's social context, or is simply premature.'' The diplomat said that - since 2010 - Yemeni public opinion had changed on women's role in the country's political, economic and social life. ''However, success stories are needed to convey the importance of women's involvement in decision-making processes and the country's public life. Fifty percent of the country's population cannot be ignored.'' National dialogue seems to have stalled, however.

    ''We are working in accordance with the timeline and the direction indicated by the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative.

    Of course, there is still a lot to do and the National Dialogue's work must be finalized. In any case, we hope to put the new Charter to a referendum by the end of 2014.'' Cooperation between Rome and Sana'a is moving forward in the justice sector, as well. On Friday, June 20, Al-Akwa noted, the Yemeni justice minister will be meeting with Minister Andrea Orlando and 10 Yemeni judges are in Italy to take part in training conducted by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The diplomat concluded by saying that ''we are in constant contact with Italy. We would like to step up this contact, especially at the economic level. We understand security-related concerns, but many countries'' are already working in Yemen.


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