Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March. Hundreds of events occur not just on that day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
On 8 March 2009, an international drawing competition was launched in Yemen.
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||View of Sana'a
||Women in streets of Sana'a (3 shots)
||Exterior view of the Syrian Cultural Centre in Sana'a
||Children arriving at the Syrian Cultural Centre for the launching ceremony
||Banner stating the cooperation between the EU and the Yemeni Ministry of Education and local NGO Shawthab
||General view of the ceremony
||Introduction and explanation of the competition by a child (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Michele Cervone d'Urso, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Yemen, (in ENGLISH): what is happening is pretty unique in Yemen because this is the launch of the EU drawing competition; Yemen has been selected as the venue for the entire Middle East; this shows very much the relevance of gender women issues in Yemen; it has also brought implications on our partnership with this country; I hope very much that it will put gender women issues high on the agenda in Yemen.
||Soundbite by Michele Cervone d'Urso (in ENGLISH): the reason why we are there is that on 8 March 2009 it is International Women's Day and we are estimating that about 60 000 children worldwide will have participated in the drawing competitions in the past two years.
||Soundbite by Michele Cervone d'Urso (in ENGLISH): we believe that by supporting such initiatives we can on the one hand support creativity, children's rights, but on the other hand press home let's say in a gentle way the need to insure progress in women's rights; and I think Yemen is the classic example; Yemen has arguably the worst gender indicators in the world.
||Soundbite by Michele Cervone d'Urso (in ENGLISH): the principle of equal treatment between men and women is a fundamental principle of the EU since its establishment; similarly, the rights of women in Yemen are embedded in the constitution; the girl on my right indicated it is also embedded in the Quran.
||Workshop in Syrian Cultural Centre where kids already started drawing on the theme "Once upon a time, there was a girl and a boy, without the two of them, the world would no longer be..." (7 shots)