The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights which is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, and marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.

The year 2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide as the global community takes stock of progress made for women’s rights since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action. It also marks several other galvanizing moments in the gender equality movement: (a) a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; (b) the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and, (c) the 10th anniversary of UN Women’s establishment.

The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.

How UNDP Yemen is helping Yemeni women



  • The Five Pillars of Success: Salwa’s Story

    In a small house filled with preschool-aged children playing joyfully, we met Salwa. A 32-year-old self-made community leader from Lahj in southern Yemen. Salwa wants to share her story and encourage others to dream big, just like she did. These are her five pillars of success.

  • Styling Your Way to Stability

    With the support of her family, Samah bought the equipment she needed to establish a beauty salon in a room of her rented home. Carrying her tools with her, she also goes to the homes of brides and their bridesmaids to prepare them for wedding ceremonies.

  • SOCOTRA: Yemen’s Island of Natural Wonder and Beauty

    Socotra, an island located 380 kilometres south of the Arabian Peninsula, means “island abode of bliss” in Sanskrit.

  • Sustaining Life in Dire Circumstances: Providing Clean Water to Yemen’s Villages

    Because of the project, water is now available to around 7,000 residents. The 12,000-meter-long network – built by 10 members of the local community through cash-for-work – is now triple the original length.

  • YECRP: Lifting Women From Poverty Through Livestock Projects in Yemen

    UNDP's Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Programme (YECRP) – in partnership with the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) – has been diligently working with our local partner, the Small and Micro Enterprise Service (SMEPS), to keep businesses in the livestock sector going. Our efforts have dramatically changed Zara’a’s and others lives for the better.

  • Women UN Volunteers in Yemen on the Path to a More Equal Future

    In Yemen, women UN Volunteers are stepping up to the many challenges during the pandemic. They are on the frontlines of response despite many hurdles – including gender stereotypes, risks caused by years of conflict, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women.

  • Thana Faroq, Documentarian and Photographer

    I want Yemen’s women to no longer be afraid to be themselves - to access more opportunities, to speak up without being told otherwise.

  • Women and Men: United for Action Against Mines

    For the first time, there are 10 women among the 60 trainees on Non-Technical Survey (NTS) of mines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs). With these vital new skills, trainees will be able to provide reliable information about the exact whereabouts of mines and unexploded ordnances in contaminated areas.

  • Dalia, Challenger

    I consider it a challenge because it challenges my destiny for not only me, but for my family too.

  • Lamia, Student and Working Woman

    Challenges bring out the best in us and push us to the limit so we know of what we are capable. Once we figure our strength, the journey to achieve begins.

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