Goal 5: Gender equality

Even before 2015, Yemeni women were subject to discrimination, both in their homes and in the workplace. Women are systematically denied access to jobs, are under-represented in public office, and bear disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care-giving and domestic work.

In the context of conflict, gender inequalities are both greater and more visible. One-fifth of Yemeni households are headed by women younger than 18 years old, and women and children account for three-quarters of those who are displaced. Conflict is also correlated to a rise in gender-based violence, which was documented 36 per cent more in 2016 than it was just one year earlier. And in times of economic hardship, girls are less likely to stay in school, more likely to marry early, and less likely to receive basic health services – including gynecological and obstetric care.

Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it is crucial to sustainable development. Experience demonstrates that empowering women stimulates economic growth and development in all areas. Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health, legal protection and access to justice, opportunities for education and income-generation, and right to economic resources such as land and property are vital to achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Facts and figures

77 cents

Women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men get for the same work.

1 in 3

35 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.


Women represent just 13 percent of agricultural landholders.

750 million

Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday.

2 of 3

Two thirds of developing countries have achieved gender parity in primary education.


Only 24 percent of national parliamentarians were women as of November 2018, a small increase from 11.3 percent in 1995.

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life

  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws

  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
Goals in action

Mid-wife reignites livelihood hopes for a conflict-scarred family

Perhaps most importantly, this support restored Noor’s hope for the future, her confidence, and gave her the ambition to expand her clinic.

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Elderly women learn to weather hardships, hope for a better future

Like many Yemeni women, Fatima hopes the war ends and that she can reclaim the life she once knew. Through the cash-for-work project, she has been…

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Helping restore schools and women’s livelihoods amid raging Yemeni conflict

Zamzam Saleh Al Azab, despite her love of teaching and working with students, she had to seek out other forms of employment because she stopped…

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Social Protection project provides much needed support for war-affected communities

Amwal Hassan, a displaced mother of Taiz working on reclaiming agricultural lands in Al-Maafer District, Taiz Governorate

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Keeping dreams alive in the face of death

Twenty-six-year-old Mariam Saleh’s dream of becoming a dentist may seem ordinary, but her will and determination to advance her education and training…

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Yemeni rural women launch the country’s first private solar energy grid

To lighten the load on citizens in the Abs district, Hajjah governorate, the Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) Joint Programme has supported…

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