(AMMAN – Jordan) On Sunday December 15, 2019, the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Swedish Embassy held a report launching event at the Rotana Hotel in Amman, Jordan. A Gendered Crisis: Understanding the Experiences of Yemen’s War explores how gender norms have shaped Yemenis’ experience of conflict, and how conflict is reshaping gender norms in Yemen.
The report presents the results of a two-year nationwide study by the Sana’a Center, funded by the Swedish Foreign Ministry. It examines the impact of the economic crisis on women and men, the gendered consequences of the conflict on Yemen’s youth and the perceived rise in multiple forms of gender-based violence.
The qualitative research included 88 focus group discussions with 674 participants in eight districts representing different political and socio-economic contexts, 49 key informant interviews, six case studies and a literature review. Participants were both near and far from the fighting and on both sides of the frontlines.
One case study shed light on the reality of the gendered experience of the Yemen war, showing how the war empowered one woman to become an entrepreneur and the main breadwinner of her extended family. Her business ventures allowed her to pay her now ex-husband 250,000 rials to agree to a divorce.
The report also offers key perceptions of participants for a deeper understanding of the impact of the war on Yemenis, as well as recommendations to guide domestic and international stakeholders to help alleviate the conflict’s varied impact on women, girls, men and boys.