Yemeni women join workforce as more become sole breadwinners
Women are being forced to go out and find work as a result of the war in Yemen
The conflict in Yemen has taken a devastating toll, particularly on the most vulnerable members of society; women and children who are forced to find alternative means to sustain and support their families in one of the poorest countries in the Middle East.
The outbreak of the conflict in March 2015, when Houthi militias overthrew the legitimate government and seized power, aggravated the poor economic conditions and daily struggles for those women who lost their spouses, the main breadwinners, during the ongoing war.
“I have no choice but to start a small project to secure my children’s future and their daily needs. My husband was killed in the war against the Houthis, God damn them all”, said a Yemeni woman working in a tiny kiosk she owns selling small items.
Presently, Yemeni women face a myriad of challenges in order to provide the emotional and financial support that their siblings and families need. This is bravely carried out amid extensive devastation caused by the militias.
“I’m supporting my son and daughter so that they can live in dignity. I have resorted to selling cards after the Houthi rebels killed their father,” another woman told Al Arabiya.