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War in Yemen: How women and girls are paying the price

With negotiations underway in Sweden aimed at ending the devastating conflict in Yemen, Yemeni women have been demanding a seat at the table. They represent different political sensibilities, activists, development workers and civil society. One of the women at the helm of this campaign is Rasha Jarhum, a women's rights activist from Yemen and co-founder of the Peace Track Initiative. She tells us how she perceives these negotiations.


Also this week, the Nobel Peace Prize was officially awarded to Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege for their efforts to stop rape and sexual violence being used as weapons of war. Murad was among thousands of Yazidi women who were taken hostage and held as sex slaves when the Islamic State group swept into Iraq. Her mother and six brothers are still missing.

Finally, the Saudi Arabia-based network BeoutQ provides coverage of major tennis and football tournaments, as well as TV programming. But it is reported to be stealing the signal of beIN Media Group, a Qatar-based sports network - as well as the BBC and NBC among others - and broadcasting it as its own. This is the result of a diplomatic feud in the Middle East that has seen several nations cut trade ties with Qatar over the country's alleged support for terrorism.

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