By Wafa Alkhazzan
On Wednesday February 19th, 2014, the United Nations Office in Yemen launched the second phase of the global survey “let the world know what you want” in order to find out the requirements of the people in their depiction of a better world. At the ceremony, three award winning films were presented at the United Nations in Yemen with the focus being on human rights. The three films were presented on the grounds for harassment, forced disappearances, torture, and “Wounded identity.”
During this event, the declaration of the short documentary film winners whom were competing for the best film submissions showing and speaking about the human rights issue in Yemen were announced.
A number of officials from the diplomatic corps in Sana’a and representatives of international organizations attended the occasion. Organizations and associations which have participated in the first campaign were honored with the distribution of questionnaires about the most important needs from the perspective of a Yemeni citizen. The results of the survey pointed out the urgent need for a quality education and to improve the living conditions in fighting against poverty and unemployment.
During the ceremony they showed three films by the winning contestants’ in their illustration of human rights and honoring the partners in the campaign of “global” in Yemen including volunteers of youth. The Minister of Human Rights, Hooria Mashhour, confirmed the importance of launching a campaign of the second United Nations: “let the world know what you want”, to determine the priorities of the citizens in the next stage.
In the launch ceremony, the Minister Hooria Mashhour stressed that the world began to recognize Yemen by the young people, especially since the revolution that took place in the beginning of February 2011, which was based on the demands of radical change and claim rights. She added that the Yemeni people are talented and have many ideas; they can carry out good work and projects, not terrorism.
The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, stated that 121 thousand Yemenis participated in the campaign “Let the world know what you want,” the majority of the participants in the campaign voted to demand quality education, which came primarily from that slide.
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Mohammad Alhaweri, confirmed the importance which was gained by this campaign in the re-drafting of the millennium goals that represented the priorities of the Yemeni citizen and express his true needs, especially in light of the changes that pave the way for a new Yemen. He added that Yemen has witnessed unprecedented shifts since the February Revolution to demand justice and equality, adding that the Yemenis have chosen an excellent example of the difference, agreement and dialogue success.
Alvhild Stromme,Communications Specialist in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, said that the next meeting aims for several demands, the most important is to achieve the universal primary education, gender equality, improve the standard of health, the fight against AIDS and sustainable development.