After its abusive practices against women’s rights to work, learn, participate in civil space, and travel, the Sana’a government commits another irresponsible and discriminatory act by excluding women from the lists of accepted applicants to study at the Higher Judicial Institute, batch (25). Despite the fact that more than a hundred female students applied and took the admission exams for the judiciary, courts, and prosecution offices, only six female students were accepted out of a hundred students, most of whom were affiliated with the group and families close to its monopolistic power structure.
This discriminatory and racist step exposes the prospective of the group’s thinking and its obscurantism, which sees women’s participation in public life as a flaw and a social taboo that must be addressed through their crude masculine methods.
Reshaping the structure of the judiciary with the desires of the group, and with elements affiliated with it, is to empower it as a closed discriminatory authority, in order to execute its plan to seize public office and its vital spaces, in addition to its plan to use the judiciary as a tool of tyranny against its political opponents and its discriminatory social authority.
In a statement of the Yemeni Women Judges Forum, it condemned this step and considered it an approach to racial discrimination against women and a violation of the objective standards that the Higher Judicial Institute has maintained since it opened its doors to Yemeni women to study there since 2006, When scientific competence was the main differentiation criterion for both male and female applicants.
Further, the statement stressed that such actions are a violation of the Yemeni Constitution and applicable laws that guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens without discrimination between males and females. It also considered it a step backwards, after Yemen was one of the first Arab countries to grant women the right to join the judiciary since 1971.
The most important demands enclosed in the statement called for reversing this discriminatory decision, and reconsidering the criteria for accepting the two batches in a way that allows women to compete, and ensures that students admission is on the basis of scientific proficiency and according to legal conditions only.