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27 April 2022
A young mother and her baby are weighed before being examined for malnutrition at UNFPA-supported Marib General hospital in Yemen, a country that relies heavily on food imports. Skyrocketing food prices have increased the number of people in need of food assistance from 16.2 million in 2021 to 19 million people in 2022. © UN/Giles Clarke

War in Ukraine shocks global food supply, putting lives at risk

AL MUFTAH DISTRICT, Hajjah Governorate, Yemen – At 16, Thekra Obied was one more mouth to feed in her impoverished family, so they married her off to Ahmed, a wood collector 15 years older. At 19,... Read more

24 March 2022

Free maternal services are a lifeline to expectant mothers in Yemen

DHAMAR GOVERNORATE and AL-MAHWIT GOVERNORATE, Yemen – On her way to the health centre to give birth, Hailah almost fell off the back of a borrowed motorbike – twice. A lack of oil has driven up high... Read more

15 March 2022
Press Release

Women and girls continue to pay a heavy price in Yemen as the conflict slips further from global view

UNFPA warns of catastrophic consequences for women and girls as massive funding shortfalls impact operations. UNITED NATIONS, New York, 15 March 2022 – Seven devastating years of fighting have left... Read more

15 February 2022

Qatar Fund for Development supports UNFPA to enhance health services in Yemen

Sana’a, February 2022 –  The Qatar Fund for Development has supported UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in reaching nearly 400,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by crisis, with life... Read more

10 February 2022
Women learn tailoring skills as part of a vocational training programme at a UNFPA-supported safe space. © UNFPA Yemen | Photo does not depict subject featured in story.

In her words: A child bride from Yemen forced to grow up too fast

Ibtisam* is a 16-year-old girl living in Yemen who shared her story of marrying at 14. Of the 4 million girls married before the age of 18 in Yemen, 1.4 million were married before age 15. SALAH... Read more

8 February 2022

Making Reproductive Health Accessible to Rural Women

Yemen, Al Hudaydah – Fatima was pregnant with her first child when she began to face serious complications. She and her husband were extremely worried what the cost a safe delivery would entail.    “... Read more

23 January 2022

Safe Spaces Help Girls to Realize their Dreams

Marib-Yemen- Nusaibah, a 14-year-old girl was forced to flee the conflict with her family for the second time from Al Jawf Governorate to Al Mail Camp for displaced persons in Marib City where she... Read more

8 December 2021
Press Release

Sweden Supports UNFPA to Reach Most Vulnerable Women and Girls with Protection Services in Yemen

Sana’a, December 2021 – The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has announced a contribution of US$ 3.3 million to help UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund provide life-... Read more

3 November 2021
"When I would find written documents in the house, I needed to ask somebody to read it for me," said Ghada, who was married at 12. She eventually learned to read and write at a UNFPA-supported safe space, which also provided legal assistance and vocational training. © UNFPA Yemen

Married at 12; a single mother at 16 in Yemen

MABYAN DISTRICT, Hajjah Governorate, Yemen – At 16, Ghada* was illiterate, with no work experience, no job prospects – and the mother of three children.  One of seven children herself, she had been... Read more

29 September 2021

UNFPA welcomes USAID support for the health and protection of vulnerable women and girls in Yemen

Sana’a, 29 September 2021 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance has contributed US$5 million to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, to... Read more