Women in Yemen have historically been placed at a disadvantage due to their sex, with a highly patriarchal society. InYemeni women do not hold many economic, social or cultural rights. Some women of pre-Islamic and early Islamic Yemen held elite status in society.
Visit our new interactive Atlas! Child marriage has been used both as a coping mechanism to protect girls and sustain families, and has left child brides with nowhere to turn due to a break down in welfare services and schools. Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that girls are somehow inferior to boys.
A committee will be created to draft the new constitution when the National Dialogue concludes its work in Septemberthough its end date may be extended. The constitution will be adopted after passage by a national referendum. Yemeni women face severe discrimination in all aspects of their lives, Human Rights Watch said.
An eight-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal bleeding on her wedding night after marrying a man five times her age, a social activist and two local residents said, in a case that has caused an outcry in the media and revived debate about child brides. Arwa Othman, head of Yemen's House of Folklore and a leading rights campaigner, said the girl, identified only as Rawan, was married to a year-old late last week in the town of Meedi in Hajjah province, north-western Yemen. A security official in the provincial town of Haradh denied any such incident had taken place.
Little Amal Hussain became a symbol of the bitter conflict after an image of her emaciated form was published across the globe. A starving little girl whose harrowing images shone a spotlight on the brutal Yemen War has died, her heartbroken mum has said. Amal Hussain became a symbol of the bitter conflict after an image of her emaciated form was published across the globe last week.
An eight year-old child bride died in Yemen on her wedding night after suffering internal injuries due to sexual trauma. Human rights organizations are calling for the arrest of her husband, who was five times her age. Al Nahar, Lebanon, reported that the death occurred in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia.
He made good money from a restaurant and butcher shop he owned. He lost his businesses, the family became destitute, he began abusing Nasrine, and they divorced, she says. As the fighting grinds on in its third year, millions of families are unable to make ends meet, and more than 3 million people have been driven from their homes, ending up in camps.
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The little girl was waist-high, so small that the lawyers, clerks and judges hurrying through the courthouse almost missed her. As lunchtime arrived and the crowds of noisy men and women cleared away, a curious judge asked her what she was doing sitting alone on a bench. Her impoverished parents had married her off to a man more than three times her age, who beat her and forced her to have sex, she explained.
As the conflict in Yemen nears its fourth year, the conditions are worsening for women and girls: 76 per cent of internally displaced persons IDPs are women and children, and an estimated 3 million women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence, according to UNFPA. In this interview, Ms. Al-Khawlani shares the current needs and priorities of Yemeni women and girls.