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Education  Cairo University
Amat Al Alim Alsoswa

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Amat Al Alim Alsoswa (Arabic: امه العليم السوسوه‎‎; Ta'izz, Yemen, August 27, 1958) is a Yemeni journalist and politician for the General People's Congress.


She served as the Assistant Secretary-General, then Assistant Administrator and finally Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Arab States.


At a young age, Alsoswa began her career as journalist. She began broadcasting at the age of 10 in a local radio program in the Governorate of Taiz. Later on, she was a TV anchor in Yemen's Television where she served as a political commentator and news broadcaster.

Alsoswa holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Cairo University (1980) and an M.A. in International Communications from the American University in Washington, DC (1984). She speaks Arabic and English fluently and communicates in French and Russian.

Between 1984 and 1986, she worked as Deputy TV Programs Director at Sana’a TV, where she held the most senior position as a woman in Yemeni television. Later, she became the Chief Editor of Mutaba'at I'elamiah Journal. From 1989 to 1991, Alsoswa led the Yemeni Women's Union before Yemeni unification.

From 1997 to 1999, she was Undersecretary at Yemen's Ministry of Information and Chairperson of the National Women's Committee - the first woman Undersecretary in the Ministry of Information. Between 2000 and 2003, she served as Yemen's ambassador to Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, she was Yemen's Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. She was also the first woman Ambassador to the Netherlands, residing in The Hague, and a non-resident Ambassador to both Sweden and Denmark.

In May 2003, Alsoswa was appointed the Minister of Human rights in Yemen, the second female Minister of Human Rights in Yemen's history after Waheeba Ghalib Faree al-fakih was Appointed the first minister in the country history. During her tenure, she established and oversaw Yemen's Human Rights Ministry, initiated the country's second national human rights report, and established a public human rights resource center. In 2006, she became the Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator for the Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

On March 22, 2014, Alsoswa was appointed Executive Director of the Executive Bureau for the Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Implementation of the Mutual Accountability Framework.

Alsoswa has published and lectured extensively and has received numerous awards. She was made an Officier of the Légion d'Honneur (France) and received the Medal of the Egyptian Committee for Afro-Asian Solidarity (Egypt). Alsoswa is also a Trustee of the Arab Democracy Foundation.

Alsoswa has written and spoken on women's rights and democracy. She has been an activist for Human Rights in general and freedom of expression in particular. Alsoswa asserts that in order for women to fight against discrimination in Arab countries, older traditions of interpretations of Islamic texts which were once more favorable to women must be revived, girls need equal access to education and recognizing women's contributions to the family and society as important and valuable are necessary for change. She also stresses that "even against immense odds, women remain catalysts for reform in Arab countries."


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