Training Imams in Seiyun on gender and economic empowerment.
A training workshop for Imams in Seiyun city was concluded on
Monday. The three-day workshop was in partnership between the UNDP,
represented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)'s
Gender and Economic Empowerment project (GEE), and the Department of
Guidance and Endowment in Hadramout Governorate. The training helped in
coaching a selected number of Imams on UNDP GEE objectives, gender
concepts and gender dimensions in economic life. In addition, the
training aimed to strengthen the Imams' professional competence to
convey gender sensitive messages to the public, including women and
youth, and promote advocacy and awareness raising in the communities.
The workshop outlined the role that religious leaders plays to influence
positive change in the communities apart from their customary role.
Given their standing and important role in society, they can make a
tremendous difference in local communities by raising public awareness
on gender concepts and in particular on gender in the economic sphere.
They can facilitate greater citizen participation and understanding on
the role of women and youth in economic development. In the closing
ceremony, Ms. Randa Aboul-Hosn, UNDP Yemen Country Director, said:
"The United Nations Development Programme is committed to work with
all segments of the society in order to achieve economic empowerment for
all vulnerable groups, including women and youth". By the end of
the training, religious leaders prepared a follow up plan to benefit
from the learning they received on their districts level. The closing
ceremony was attended by the Assistant Deputy Governor of Hadramout, Mr.
Fahd Al Aajam, officials from Government, Civil Society Organizations,
UNDP, and others. The UNDP GEE is a community based initiative covering
four districts, Al Soum, Sah, Seiyun, and Tareem in Wadi Hadramout
Governorate. The project is an integral part of the UNDP Country Office
Gender Strategy. It contributes to the economic and social empowerment
of women and youth, improved livelihoods, rights, and gender sensitive
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