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17 August 2020
Women make face masks in a safe space in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen

From child bride to fearless face mask maker: Yemen’s safe spaces help women reclaim their lives

SANA’A, Yemen – Salwa, 35, has survived child marriage, three abusive husbands, crushing poverty and years of grinding conflict. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she also endured starvation... Read more

9 August 2020
Press Release

Sweden provides much need humanitarian assistance to protect vulnerable women and girls across Yemen

Sana’a, 9 August 2020 – The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has announced an additional contribution of SEK 30 million (US$ 3.1 million) to help UNFPA, the United Nations... Read more

28 July 2020
Press Release

European Union provides vital funding to sustain life-saving services for women and girls in Yemen

Sana’a, 28 July 2020 – The European Union contributed EUR 5 million to UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, to provide emergency relief for displaced persons and life-... Read more

25 June 2020

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Supports UNFPA to Meet the Urgent Reproductive Health Needs of Women in West Coast of Yemen

Sana’a, 25 June 2020 – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund welcomes the contribution of US$2.6 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide emergency reproductive health services in... Read more

23 June 2020

Iceland Helps to Boost Support for Women’s Protection in Yemen

Sana’a, 23 June 2020 – The Government of Iceland helps to boost women’s protection interventions in Yemen with a contribution of $200,000 to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Since 2019,... Read more

10 June 2020

Support to Sustain Women’s Protection Services

Displacement and the breakdown of protection mechanisms have drastically increased the vulnerability of women and girls to violence and abuse over the past five years of conflict. Prior to the... Read more

29 May 2020
A midwife performs house calls in a conflict-affected village in Yemen. Maternal health services are being rolled back amid funding shortages. © UNFPA Yemen

A matter of life and death for Yemen’s women and girls as funding dries up

Hajjah, Yemen – In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA has been forced to suspend the provision of... Read more

23 May 2020
A woman recovers from fistula treatment surgery in Yemen. Obstetric fistula almost entirely preventable; its persistence is a sign of global social injustice. © UNFPA Yemen

In Yemen and around the world, obstetric fistula strikes the most vulnerable women

AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Five years ago, Marwa* was a child bride living in the port city of Al Hudaydah. “I was almost 17 years old, and happy with my new life. I was a new bride and I got pregnant fast... Read more

20 May 2020
A woman at a safe space in Raymah sews face masks for her community. © RFDH/UNFPA

With Yemen’s health system approaching a breaking point, displaced women sew face masks to protect community

SANA’A, Yemen – With more than 130 confirmed cases  of COVID-19, Yemen is struggling to keep the full impact of the pandemic at bay, even as funds for life-sustaining health services are running out... Read more

10 May 2020
A woman and her newborn at a UNFPA-supported health centre. More than 100 health facilities are at risk of closing. © UNFPA Yemen

COVID-19 strikes Yemen as humanitarian funding dries up

SANA’A, Yemen – On 10 April, Yemen announced its first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then, 34 more cases and 7 deaths have been reported. Health workers, already stretched to the limit... Read more