Members of the “Women’s Committees for the Protection of Young Girls from Early Marriage” in the Seyaj organization stressed the importance of educating, rehabilitating, and involving local communities, especially women, in preventive and post-marriage protection for victims.
Participants in a meeting held by Seyaj and the Dutch embassy in Sana’a today in honor of International Human Rights Day emphasized the need for all parties (family, society, and state institutions) to fulfill their roles in eradicating the issue and safeguarding young girls.
For his part, Ambassador Aldric Gerveld of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sana’a reaffirmed his nation’s support for the advancement, promotion, and defense of human rights, particularly those of weak and vulnerable groups like women, children, the underprivileged, and individuals with special needs.
During his meeting with the Seyaj organization’s second batch of “women’s committees,” he explained that his country will continue to support the project to protect young girls from early marriage due to violence and deprivation of basic rights such as education, safety, development, health, and others.
The ambassador praised Seyaj’s role in monitoring and advocacy and stressed the importance of the project’s work in Hodeidah, Ibb, Hajjah, and Al-Mahweet.
For his part, Seyaj’s president, Ahmed Al-Qorashi, stressed the importance of preventive protection for young girls by raising positive awareness and finding guarantor legislation and other treatments for the real causes and motives behind the spread and continuation of this problem. He went on to thank the Netherlands’ positive support of this project and other developmental projects through their embassy in Sana’a. Meanwhile, the Deputy Ambassador welcomed the Yemeni government’s assistance in tackling this issue, expressing her confidence that the efforts being made today would yield beneficial results for young girls, society, and the Yemeni state.