Prostitution in Yemen is illegal but common especially in Aden and in the capital, Sana'a. Some hotels have "house prostitutes" and it is possible to book a room and a woman to be ready on arrival. Many sex tourists from other Gulf statesparticularly Saudis and Emiratisindulge in what are known as "tourist marriages".
The British, who had set up a protectorate area around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in from what became the People's Republic of Southern Yemen colloquially known as South Yemen. Three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation and changed the country's name to the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states.
Although a traditional society which system and values are fiercely embedded in Islamic tradition,s Yemen has a long way to go when it comes to social justice, especially in regards to women. Although the figure was challenged by many Yemenis, it is the pernicious and widespread "habit' al-Hayat was trying to draw attention to. Not surprisingly, given the nature of the problem and the social taboo as well as stigma it carries, women tend to not report such incidents and infringements to their human rights, allowing somewhat such behaviors to persist and perdure.
Yusra is considered one of the lucky ones after she was evacuated from the conflict for urgent medical attention. Medics feared the disease was spreading but there are barely any doctors or functioning healthcare facilities after years of war. An international aid effort saw Yusra taken to neighbouring Jordan where she underwent major surgery to remove the tumour. Sadly surgeons at the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Amman said it had been left too late to save her eye.
Women in Yemen have historically been placed at a disadvantage due to their sex, with a highly patriarchal society. InYemeni women do not hold many economic, social or cultural rights. Some women of pre-Islamic and early Islamic Yemen held elite status in society.
In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to stop US involvement in a foreign conflict. Congress lacks the votes to override him. Many lawmakers also criticized the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States and had written critically about the kingdom.
Twenty-one-year-old Aisha clings to her child as she recounts her tale of being trafficked. Growing up in the Somali capital Mogadishu, she fell in love and bore a child out of wedlock four years ago. She braved the hazardous journey with smugglers across the Indian Ocean to Yemen, and to what she thought was a better life.
Although a traditional society which system and values are fiercely embedded in Islamic tradition,s Yemen has a long way to go when it comes to social justice, especially in regards to women. Although the figure was challenged by many Yemenis, it is the pernicious and widespread "habit' al-Hayat was trying to draw attention to. Not surprisingly, given the nature of the problem and the social taboo as well as stigma it carries, women tend to not report such incidents and infringements to their human rights, allowing somewhat such behaviors to persist and perdure. Yemen is by definition a "Men's World"; and while women are ever increasingly part of the workforce, men still very much feel a women' place is at home, looking after her children and extended family.
Ibi Ibrahima Yemeni visual artist, writer and film director, was born in the United States in and raised in the Middle East. With his unfiltered knack for storytelling and a clear passion for monochromatic photography, the artist gets daringly vulnerable as he translates his experiences into photographs. Featuring two veiled women seated hand-in-hand in an intimate moment of subtle proximity, the camera seems to quietly consider the relationship of its subjects.
Houthi rebels in Yemen have threatened to launch more drone attacks after a deadly strike last week on a Yemeni government military parade killed seven people, stoking tension between the warring parties and threatening UN efforts to broker peace. He said the movement was building a stockpile of locally manufactured drones. The Houthi statement came as Britain said it was pressing ahead in seeking an enhanced mandate for a UN mission to oversee a ceasefire in the port city region of Hodeidah, despite claims by the Saudi-backed Yemeni government that the Houthis were not implementing the agreements struck between the parties in talks in Stockholm last month. The attack was outside the ceasefire zone, but has been condemned by the US as a breach of the spirit of the Stockholm agreement.