COVID-19 Crisis and its Effect on Gender in Yemen
As part of our advocacy campaign supporting the UN Special Envoy's call to end the war in Yemen and respond to COVID-19, the Women4Yemen Network, along with eight other women’s networks in the Group of Nine, hosted a meeting with female activists and specialists in gender to discuss the Special Envoy's initiative and the impact of COVID-19 on gender in Yemen.
Since it is early days, the full effects of COVID-19 on gender in Yemen are still not known and consequently, an early analysis and understanding of its negative consequences will help to alleviate them. This is especially pertinent in a country where women are more likely to be affected by any crisis as a result of being marginalized at all levels and subjected to gender-based violence.
To come up with practical and appropriate outcomes, Women4Yemen network gathered together women working in civil society organizations and initiatives in the field as well as gender specialists and activists participating in policy and decision-making in Yemen. The meeting was facilitated by Kawkab Al-Thaibani, Women4Yemen Network, and the members of the Group of Nine participated in the meeting. The meeting concluded with a list of recommendations to address the economic and health fallouts of COVID-19 on women.