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Rim Mugahed

Rim Mugahed is a non-resident researcher at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies. As a sociologist, her work focuses on Yemeni women and other social issues. Mugahed is also a novelist. Between 2017 and 2020, she published a series of stories in As-Safir Al-Arabi, focused on Yemeni women, that deep dive into the social costs of the war. She holds a BA in Sociology from Sana’a University.

Mugahed's latest contributions

Women’s Non-Traditional Roles in Tribal Societies

January 25, 2022
As the war in Yemen enters its seventh year, the situation appears bleak and opportunities for peace grow fewer by the day. Amid the country’s fragmentation, the emergence of de-facto authorities and the almost complete absence of the state, local communities must rely on themselves to maintain peace. In this context, tribes have emerged as a dec…

Tribes and the State in Yemen

January 21, 2022
This three-part report by the Sana’a Center examines the multi-faceted relationship between tribes and the state in Yemen. It shows that this relationship has long been a complex one, with the relative power of each waxing and waning. However recently – starting before the current conflict began – a protracted period of co-option of tribal leader…

‘One Hand Does Not Clap’: Partisanship and the Dual Challenge of Women’s Inclusion in Yemen

December 2, 2021
Because Yemen’s political parties are important to both Track I and Track II diplomatic negotiations and dialogue, it is possible to advance gender-inclusive approaches to peacebuilding by expanding their roles in decision-making and agenda-setting within their parties. This policy brief reviews the recent history of women’s partisanship and chan…

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Yemeni Women

July 20, 2021
Yemen was among the last countries to announce the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first confirmed case in the country was declared on April 10, 2020, a month after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11. An explosion of infections was anticipated in Yemen, where six years of war has destroyed the healthcare sector an…

Yemen, Five Years On and Now a Stranger to My Country

April 8, 2020
My work developing hotel profiles for online bookings brings me in direct contact with hotel owners and managers. The work is good, not boring, and I am friendly with our partners. Still, each time a hotel asks to charge for internet access in its rooms, I feel a rage stirred by the reminder of hotels where I stayed in Casablanca when war in Yemen …