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Conference on the war in Yemen: focus on the position of women

The war in Yemen has caused the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. The conflict escalated in 2015 and today 21 million people need urgent assistance in the form of food, water, shelter, and healthcare.

How to efficiently address the suffering in this torn country at the southernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula? And what need to be the priorities of the international community in this regard?

To answer these and other questions, Cordaid, in collaboration with Yemeni partner organizations Family Counseling and Development Foundation (FCDF) and Yamaan Foundation, is organizing a conference on Yemen on December 2, 2021, in the The Hague Humanity Hub. The name of the event is Conference on Yemen: going beyond humanitarian assistance.

Stronger position for women, safer society

The purpose is to draw attention to the political and humanitarian situation in a country that is largely forgotten by western media. Experts, donors, journalists, and policymakers will focus on the main theme of the conference: the position of women in the Yemeni war.

“If we want to provide aid effectively, we will have to better understand the context in Yemen. This conference will contribute to that.”

Women and children suffer the most from the consequences of war and often cannot rely on essential health care, such as trauma processing or care during pregnancy or childbirth.

Women also play an indispensable role in the resolution of the conflict. The assumption is that a stronger position for women ensures a safer society.

“Yemen deserves our attention,” says Sam Geus, organizer of the meeting. “The needs are enormous. In addition, the conflict is extremely complex. If we want to provide aid effectively, we will have to better understand the context in Yemen. This conference will contribute to that.”

The conference programme

In the plenary room, Yemen expert Laila al-Zwaini will outline the current state of the conflict and what this means for the female population. The ambassador for the Netherlands in Yemen will talk about international policy and the founders and presidents of Yamaan Foundation and FCDF will speak, with Bilqis Jubari (FCDF) highlighting the importance of mental health and psychosocial support in times of war. Another keynote speaker is Yemen’s ambassador to the Netherlands.

Two workshops will highlight the importance of mental and sexual health care. Various Yemeni artists will show their work in the conference rooms.

In this video, Jamal Badr, who works for Cordaid in the Netherlands, tells us about his life in Yemen and his experiences after the war started.

Cordaid in Yemen

Since 2018, together with a number of Yemeni partner organizations, Cordaid has been working in Yemen on emergency aid and healthcare, with a substantial programme for mother and child care in the northern province of Damar.

In the capital, Cordaid also supports partner FCDF in providing mental care and psychosocial support services to people with mental disorders. In four clinics employees are trained to recognize and address psychological problems. Volunteers are also trained to identify and, if necessary, refer people in psychological distress.

Together with our Yemeni partners we also provide emergency aid, including food, water, hygiene, shelter, and financial support. And we help to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Conference on Yemen: going beyond humanitarian assistance


The Hague Humanity Hub

Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ The Hague

Date and time:

Dec 2, 09:00 – 15:00

Would you like to attend this conference on Yemen? Please send a message with your name and contact details to [email protected].