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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016

Sana’a, Yemen, 25 November 2016 – This is 2016 and yet one in three women worldwide still experiences or has experienced some form of physical or sexual violence, usually perpetrated by someone she knows. Moreover, millions of women and girls have been subjected to other forms of violence and harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation, which affect an estimated 200 million women and girls, or child marriage, with one in three girls in developing countries being married off before the age of 18. 

Today on International Day for the Elimination of Violence and for the next 16 days, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund together with partners’ addressing gender-based violence, in Yemen, are working to raise awareness and put an end to violence against women and girls. Focusing on this year’s global theme of ‘peace in the home to peace in the world: Make education safe for all’.  

In Yemen, gender-based violence have been widespread even before the conflict. Ninety-two percent of women stated that violence against women was common in the home according to the 2013 Demographic Health Survey.  

The onset of the 20-month long crisis has displaced large populations with an estimated 52 percent of them being women, and placed nearly 3 million women and girls at risk of gender-based violence across the country. Some 8,031 incidents of gender-based violence were recorded between January and September 2016, which includes incidence of child marriage, rape and domestic violence, with 64 percent of cases being emotional or psychological abuse or physical assault. The true extent remains far greater in light of social norms that discourage reporting. 

The health consequences of violence are enormous and include permanent disability, lingering psychological trauma, unwanted pregnancies and complications. Exposure to, and fear of, violence deprive women and girls of their rights--to education, health and decent livelihoods.

Protecting women and girls from violence and harmful practices is not only a moral and human rights imperative, it is also critical to the economic and social progress of the country.

UNFPA along with 30 partners who form the sub-cluster on gender-based violence will conduct a series of awareness raising initiatives from 25 November to 10 December 2016, across 19 governorates. These include among others, a film competition targeting youth, awareness raising sessions on prevention of violence in schools and a public media campaign on prevention of key gender-based violence issues in Yemen through radio, TV and print media.  

 

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency that expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives. We are on the ground improving lives in more than140 countries, delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

 

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Yemen enters a hanger circle in the western coastal governorate, Hodeida. Thousands of children, women, and elderly peopleare starving in its 26 districts with a total population estimated around (2,621,000) people. 

The governorate is ranking the first level among the most vulnerable Yemeni governorates. Recently, signs of famine emerged in the coastal districts, especially Alduraihimi, Alkhokha, and Attuhayta.

In Almatina sub-district, Attuhaytadistrict, with its population approximately (28,000), people there live in scattered villages and most of the families lack of essential living necessities which is a warn of a humanitarian disaster to occur. This disastercouldextend to nearby governorates, which suffer from lack of food insecurity, according toconfirmed reports by the UN and humanitarian organizationsworking in Yemen. 

From his side, Dr. Abdulrahman AlJarallah, director of the Public Health Office in Hodeidagovernorate,made an appeal call to regional and international relief organizations to save the lives of thousands of children and women, especially in the villages of Attuhayta district. Jarallah said that the victims have reached critical levels of cute and severe malnutrition, besides the prevalence of skin and fungi diseases among various age groups of those villages.

In the same context, a report issued by the United Nations last Julyindicated that the prevalence ratesof acute malnutrition in Hodeidahgovernorate is the highest throughout the country, recording unprecedented numbers. UNICEF organization also confirmed the critical deteriorated situation there. The report stated that most of the families there have lost theirlivelihoods and the ability to survive due to the expansion of the current security events.

A recent international report released by the United Nations shows that Yemen is a home to 3 million cases that require emergency nutritional interventions, including 2.1 million children under the age of five, lactating women and pregnant mothers within the level of severe acute malnutrition. The report pointed to the suffering of 1.5 million children from malnutrition, including (370) thousand children suffering from acute malnutrition. The latter figure represents an increase of 65% from the number of people with that level since the end of 2014, which numbered then only)160(thousand children.

 

The report added that relief organizations currently require funds of (45) $ million dollars to tackle malnutrition, in which the total funds collected so far amounted about 40% only of the required funding.

The Tihamacoastal plainsto the west of Yemen includes a number of districts distributed in the governorates of Sa’ada, Hajjah, Mahweet, Hodeidah, Raima, Taiz and Dhamar. Poverty ratesof these districts have recently risen up due to the economic and political circumstances in Yemen. Thus, the majority of the population in those areas live in a very bad situation in various daily life, basicallyacute shortages of daily food, which resulted in the spread ofmalnutrition disease for childrenand pregnant mothers along with the increased number of patients and spread of diseases and epidemics, such as malaria, dengue fever, and diarrhea.

Continuous electricity blackoutsalong with the overheating, especially in the governorate of Hodeidah,exacerbated the problem and caused spread of many diseases, not to mention the increased numbers of displaced families to Hodeida from neighboring governorates that suffer from security events. The number of those displaced families is estimatedto reach (11,400) families in which the majority of them settle mainly in public schools and some out in the open while others, especially women settle in the homes of the host community. Many of men camp in the grounds of mosques and under plastic covers.

Health status:

Such problem includes the absence and weakness of health services in health facilities and critical shortages in medicines and lack of essential electricity services.As the health care services in the governorate was far from the desired level before the recent crisis, now with the current economic and political crises has witnessed furtherconsiderable decline. To address the problem, it needs great efforts and wide cooperation between the governmental side and local, regional and international humanitarian organizations, in addition to local communities to provide medical services based on outcomes of studies and research that explore aspects of the problem, its causes and its different dimensions.

Water:

The water problem exacerbated in a number of governoratesand districts becauseof the economic crisis and armed conflict. Such crises resulted in rising the prices of fuels, which in turn led to the suspension of a large number of water projects, particularly inrural areas,where many people live a daily sufferance in order to obtain necessary drinking water.

Accordingly, the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) calls upon its local, regional and international partners to support its launched campaign "Together to address the famine in Tihama" through supporting urgent interventions of the campaign for a period from October to December 2016, which as a first stage, includes:

1.Nutritional interventions – distribution of food packages – with an estimated quantity of around (50,000) food baskets.

2.Implementation of health campaigns for the treatment of malnutrition - a number of (20) campaigns.

 

Issued by the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW)

 

 

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