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SANAA, YEMEN (RECENT) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF YEMENI SCHOOL IN SANAA STUDENTS WALKING IN SCHOOL GROUNDS VARIOUS OF WOMEN PAINTING WALLS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS USING PAINT ROLLERS CLOSE OF SAMAR AL-MATARI PAINTING AL-MATARI DIPPING PAINT ROLLER INTO PAINT CONTAINER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PAINTER, SAMAR AL-MATARI, SAYING: ''We took part with an institution and we started to paint, and we did this work and I liked it, I felt it was good, it's easy and not too difficult, it's even quite interesting.'' TWO WOMEN MIXING PAINT CLOSE OF PAINT BEING MIXED (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PAINTER, NAJAT ALI, SAYING: ''The money that I earned from this work, helped me to start a new project and to use the money from that. I work in a shop and I also have this painting work too.'' ALI AND AL-MATARI PAINTING WALLS IN CORRIDOR OF SCHOOL MALE PAINTER AL-KHADER SALEM PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PAINTER, AL-KHADER SALEM, SAYING: ''Whoever has a woman in his house, he can go to work and he can let the woman paint, it's better than bringing a skilled man in to do that, although her work isn't like the skilled worker.'' VARIOUS OF KAWKAB AL-THAIBANI, A COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY SPECIALIST FOR THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP), IN CONVERSATION PAINTERS AT WORK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY SPECIALIST FOR THE UNDP, KAWKAB AL-THAIBANI, SAYING: "After 2011 as you know the important demands which the Yemeni youth made was to have more job opportunities, so with this we tried to respond to their demands. We targeted 520 youths among them were 110 females, so as to get them involved in tasks, so that they can have an income, and to be able to take part in sustainable projects, even if they're small." EXTERIOR OF FOR ALL FOUNDATION IN SANAA CLOSE OF SIGN FOR FOUNDATION READING (Arabic and English): FOR ALL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME MANAGER AT FOR ALL FOUNDATION, HEND ASTHAN, WORKING AT HER DESK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROGRAMME MANAGER AT FOR ALL FOUNDATION, HEND ASTHAN, SAYING: "As a tentative project, I see that it is a success on many levels, although we faced some challenges in the beginning, in that it's a painting job, and how can women be involved in this kind of work, and will it be accepted by the community, the idea of the project was a challenge." SIGN IN UNDP OFFICES UNDP RESIDENT CO-ORDINATOR IN YEMEN, PAOLO LEMBO, DURING INTERVIEW CLOSE OF UNITED NATIONS FLAG (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. RESIDENT CO-ORDINATOR IN YEMEN, PAOLO LEMBO, SAYING: "(The project aims are) Trying to help the women to express their potential to contribute to peace, being a leader in economic development, participating in the construction of the country, managing financial resources, expressing their economic potential. Is it going to be an easy exercise? No, it is going to be very taxing, there are cultural superstitions, there are social forces that are regressive that do not accept the role women deserve to have in rebuilding the country here. But is it going to be an impossible effort? Is going to be a dream? No, it is not a dream, this is a reality and it will just happen." TRAFFIC ON THE STREETS OF YEMEN

Yemen: Yemeni Women Paint A Different Role For Themselves In Society

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By: Reuters

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