Women bear a heavier burden of war, in particular women-headed households and widows, who must now find work in a culturally accepted profession to sustain their families. Women represent 50 percent of the Yemeni population; yet their role remains secluded and limited. An estimated 90 percent of Yemeni women of working age do not participate in the labour force. In addition, war has disrupted many maternal health facilities and midwifery services. The clinics lack equipment, medicine, and basic facilities. Inclusive Yemen will economically empower women for self-reliance and improve midwifery services as social business.
In Yemen, nearly 8 out of 10 babies die at birth or prematurely and 7 out of 10 mothers face severe pregnancy complications. The midwifery clinics cannot effectively provide safe healthcare to pregnant and lactating mothers as they lack equipment, medicine, and emergency facilities.
Since March 2015, health services have been particularly strained. The health clinics are unable to cope with the growing numbers of emergency cases.
Taizz is reknown for its dairy products which include traditional cheese and Laban. This is mainly a subsistence occupation with an untapped potential to meet dietary and income needs for producers and customers.
Lack of access to economic opportunities is one of the many challenges faced by Yemeni women, which ranks last in the Gender Gap Index. Better economic outcomes rely upon possessing the right skills.