Women and media in the Yemen
Over the past decade Yemen has taken small steps towards democratic change.
But, political and social constraints have severely stymied the participation of women in the media. Despite this, there are a handful of highly motivated women journalists attempting to overcome the hurdles facing them.
Our report from Yemen features Aswan Abd Al Ghani a news anchor at Sana'a Radio who talks about the everyday obstacles facing journalist in general and women in particular.
Shahnaz Pakravan is joined in the studio by Nadia Al-Sakkaf, Editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times. In 2006 she was awarded the Gebran Tueni Award which honours editors from the Arab region.
Riham Shebl, FGM activist
Female genital mutilation (FGM), often referred to as 'female circumcision', comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons.
The most common type of female genital mutilation is excision of the clitoris and the labia minora, accounting for up to 80% of all cases; the most extreme form is infibulation (excision of part or all of the external genitalia and stitching/narrowing of the vaginal opening), which constitutes about 15% of all procedures.
Shahnaz speaks to Riham Shebl who was seven years old when she had the procedure. Now she campaigns for the practice to be ended.
Tania Major, Young Australian of the Year
Last week, Tania Major, a young indigenous woman from outback Australia, won the prestigious Young Australian of the Year award for 2007. She put a face to the reality of the indigenous struggle by telling Prime Minister John Howard about the perils faced by her classmates: prison, alcoholism, teenage pregnancy and suicide.
Everywoman visited Tania in her hometown of Kowyanama, in far North Queensland.