Report: Four out of five Yemeni women worse off now than 2011
The data, compiled from interviews and research done in Sana'a, Taiz, Aden, Hodeida and Harad, concerns women’s issues post-2011’s political uprising.
"There are about 136 women who were part of the focus groups from the different areas," Sultana Begum, a humanitarian policy adviser at Oxfam GB, said.
The report encompassed interviews with women from different social and educational backgrounds, as well as displaced women from other governorates.
It is reported that four out of five women spoke that their lives have worsened within the last 12 months, and during the present time of Yemen’s transitional government, women’s hopes for a better life are wearing thin.
The report found that one quarter of women between the ages of 15 and 49 are malnourished, and the economic situation in the last period makes women’s priorities to find food, jobs and safety. Women resort to desperate means and destructive actions to adapt and to survive. They reduce the amount of food they consume or eat food with poor nutritional value so as to provide more food for their families.
Women’s demands for better access to food, jobs and physical safety comes at the same time as complaints that women's roles in shaping Yemen's future remain limited despite their prominent roles in last year’s uprising.
"Women from rural areas said they need the government to have an eye on them and to listen to their needs," Begum said.
The report wrote that political parties are shutting the doors for women’s participation in the political transition, and limits are created for women who are able to participate in building Yemen's future.
The report clarified that Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has prevented women from thinking about anything other than food, jobs and security.
"Women feel unsafe and worried about the current security situation in their governorates," Begum said.
Women in other districts said they were very optimistic at the beginning of transition to have better lives and futures for themselves and their children. However, they have become less and less optimistic about the situation because of the current conditions that Yemenis live in, according to Begum.