USAID Yemen Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

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USAID Yemen Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
USAID improves the lives of women and girls in Yemen by expanding opportunities for economic and community engagement and improving access to education, health, water, and sanitation services.
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Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to the realization of human rights and sustainable development outcomes.

In Yemen, USAID improves the lives of women and girls by expanding economic opportunity, community leadership, and access to education, health, water, and sanitation services, leading to transformational change within their communities.


USAID increases women’s economic independence in Yemen through job creation and placement and training to give women competitive skills in the labor market. Through support to women’s business associations, USAID promotes higher levels of gender-equitable citizen participation in economic policy dialogue and decision-making. Technical assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and workforce development programs helps women secure new and better investment and employment opportunities increasing household incomes. USAID initiatives afford women better access to loans and other financial products to support women-owned SMEs. USAID training and technical assistance in the agricultural and fisheries sectors opens viable and sustainable livelihoods for women. In 2020, USAID provided training on agricultural productivity and food security to more than 1,300 women.  


USAID prioritizes inclusion of women in community engagement to ensure their voices contribute to resolving local grievances and strengthening social cohesion. To ensure women’s viewpoints, concerns, and priorities are considered, USAID facilitates women-inclusive discussions with government, tribal, and religious leaders; incorporates gender advisers, female community organizers, and female project staff in leadership roles; and organizes women-specific community outreach events. USAID developed a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Action Plan that ensures the inclusion of women in all activities.



USAID’s education programs address gender disparities, such as a 63 percent dropout rate among girls. USAID improves access to quality education by engaging families and communities to support safe learning spaces that prioritize the needs of women and girls; training parents and community members on child protection with a special focus on girls and gender inclusivity in both formal and non-formal education settings; and providing remedial/alternative learning programs, which increases enrollment and retention for girls. In 2020, USAID supported interventions focused on preventing child marriage by empowering more than 6,000 girls with life skills including problem-solving and decision making.


USAID improves maternal and child health by improving reproductive, maternal, infant, and child health service delivery; engaging with communities to build trust in the health system; and addressing underlying systemic issues that impede health service delivery. To increase access to and use of health facilities by women, USAID strengthens the female health care workforce by training female health providers, including community health workers and midwives. USAID supports stronger linkages and referrals between health facilities, enabling beneficiaries, especially women of reproductive age, to access important services unavailable in their communities. In 2020, USAID provided modern contraceptive methods to more than 187,000 women and reported a 400% increase in use of family planning services.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

USAID rehabilitates WASH infrastructure to help provide access to safe water and sanitation facilities for women and girls, which in turn improves their access to education, health services, and economic opportunities. Women traditionally collect water, a responsibility that interferes with school and work, and affects their health and safety. Upgrades to water, sanitation facilities and household latrines allow girls to remain in school, and avoid unsanitary water and increased exposure to gender-based violence. In 2020, USAID increased access to safe water and sanitation in conflict-affected areas by rehabilitating water systems reaching more than 28,000 women and girls. Hygiene awareness targeted towards women accelerates positive behavior change at  individual, family, community, and institutional levels.  


Last updated: June 30, 2021

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