From the Norwegian Refugee Council:

Since the war began in Yemen over 2 years ago, any advances for women have taken a turn backwards and their situations becoming slowly worse.

The Norwegian Refugee Council is working with a gender adviser from GenCap. According to their website:

The Inter Agency Standing Committee Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) was created in 2007, in collaboration with the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The project deploys senior gender experts to humanitarian country teams. The GenCap experts seek to strengthen the ability of humanitarians to promote and undertake gender equality programming.

The advisers can be deployed during an emergency or for ongoing humanitarian projects. They advocate for women’s rights to make sure their voices are heard, which is important even during a war.

“Women here are telling me that they are being marginalized more and more. You see how the war has made life more difficult for everyone, but for women this is extreme. In a climate where women were already restricted and excluded, the rhetoric against women’s participation is growing. Women, and also many men, are concerned about the growing resistance to women’s involvement in public arenas and decision-making,” says Deborah Clifton.


(L-R) German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer and German Development Minister Gerd Mueller attend a news conference to launch the ‘Humanitarian appeal of Berlin, together against famine’ to face famine in Africa and Yemen, in Berlin on April 12, 2017.


You can download the United Nation’s funding status for their entire humanitarian plan for Yemen in both English and Arabic on their website. So far they need $2.1 billion in funds and has received $296.5 million, which is only 14.3% funded. The US, Japan, and UK are the highest donors with most funds going to logistics, food, nutrition, and water.

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