Women in Yemen have historically been placed at a disadvantage due to their sex, with a highly patriarchal society. In , Yemeni women do not hold many economic, social or cultural rights. Some women of pre-Islamic and early Islamic Yemen held elite status in society. This, combined with illiteracy and economic issues has led women to continuously be deprived of their rights as citizens of Yemen. Due to the ongoing armed conflict in Yemen since the end of March , Yemen is undergoing a humanitarian crisis worldwide. The conflict has brought numerous accusations of violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law. The events have been brutal, and have had cruel consequences on all civilians, but especially on the lives of women and young girls. Due to the tension and chaos of the crisis, combined with the deep-rooted gender inequality, conditions for women and girls in Yemen are deteriorating as the conflict drags on.
A dozen Yemeni girls sit on the floor of a diwan in Al Sawd village, giggling and smiling bashfully as they describe what they hope to be doing in 10 years. They are between 8 and 15 years old, and are fortunate to attend one of the few local schools for girls. In this remote corner of northwest Yemen, most of their female peers have already ended their schooling. While this group can still afford to dream, the grim reality is that most girls their age will soon be married, without a chance to complete their education or have a career. In rural districts, girls as young as 9 are often betrothed. Various factors have institutionalized child marriage. For some, it is a tribal custom.
You have been working hard for your entire life just to get to where you are today. You are successful financially and professionally. You are well-off. You make enough money to support a family and still have enough to go on a holiday whenever you want. But there is a problem.
By Sara Malm For Mailonline. Girls as young as three are being married off in war-stricken Yemen because their families are unable to afford to feed them, according to charity Oxfam. Starving Yemeni families have revealed how they have had no choice but to force their young daughters to marry much older men, in order to use the dowry for food and shelter to save the rest of the family. The war in Yemen has triggered what the United Nation has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than ten million people at risk of starvation.