POLITICS AND HEALTH: COVID-19 IN YEMEN
Date(s) - 07/12/2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cambridge University Yemen Society
COVID-19 has spread with great speed throughout Yemen, which was already struggling due to the ongoing war, with devastating consequences. Still reeling from the largest cholera outbreak in recent history and a half-functional healthcare service, Yemen’s experience of the pandemic has been brutal. In the background, major political disputes continue without stopping between different factions. Join us on Zoom for a discussion about the unfolding of the pandemic in Yemen as well as the political issues which plague the country.
SUMMER NASSER, raised in New York City, is a speaker and analyst on Yemeni affairs and is the Chief Executive Officer of Yemen Aid, a humanitarian organization and an Internationally licensed NGO in Yemen that was recently established in late 2016.
Summer has spoken alongside diplomats, officials and experts at different institutions across the United States and the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Ms. Nasser has appeared on media platforms such as BBC, Aljazeera and PRI, and received multiple awards by organizations, congress members and was recently awarded a Citation of Merit by the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr.
NISMA MANSOOR is a women human rights defender. She has been working in the humanitarian field and advocating for Human Rights including women and youth rights since 2013. She is currently working as the Youth, Peace and Security officer of Peace Track Initiative. In addition to development and humanitarian work. She is a project coordinator at RNW Media, working across the organization’s two thematic programmes SRHR and Citizens’ voice known in Yemen “Manasati30”. Nisma is also a regular blogger writing about women’s rights during the war.
Nisma’s story of war and displacement was featured in the German book Die Flüchtlingsrevolution “The Refugee Revolution”. Nesmah is a member of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) and Women Solidarity Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Aden University.
NADIA HAFEDH runs the South Yemeni Women’s Forum (SWYF) in Sandwell, England, which aims to increase women’s political mobilisation on South Yemeni independence and champion the interests of women politically and socially. Nadia is also completing an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London this year.
FATIMA ABO ALASRAR is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute. Before joining the Institute, Alasrar was a Senior Analyst at the Arabia Foundation in Washington DC, MENA Director for Cure Violence, Research Associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and an International Policy Fellow at the Open Society Foundation. From 2006-12, she worked as an advisor for the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, Alasrar served as a program officer for the Department for International Development (DFID) in Yemen.
Fatima holds an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University, an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Architectural Engineering from Sanaa University in Yemen