Gender Equality and Women's Rights in Yemen

Table of Content

Title Page

1- Introduction     3

2- Overview of Yemen     4

3- Education in Yemen     5

4- Yemeni Women Challenge     6
5- Women Rights Between Law, Religion and Tradition                 8

6- Recommendations and Conclusion     14
7- References   18

8- Appendices   19  
1. Introduction
Before Islam, women were treated like slaves or property. Their personal consent concerning anything related to their well-being was considered unimportant.
In addition, the birth of a daughter in a family was not an occasion for rejoicing, but was regarded with humiliation. The practice of killing female children was uncontrolled
With the advent of Islam came the verse from the Quran condemning those who practiced female infanticide:
"And when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to any of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief! He hides himself from the people because of the evil of that whereof he has been informed. Shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the earth? Certainly, evil is their decision." [Al-Nahl, verses 58-59]
Islam considers a woman to be equal to a man as a human being and as his partner in this life. Women have been created with a soul of the same nature as man’s. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
"O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever and All-Watcher over you." [Al-Nisa, verse 1]
And in the words of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW),
"Assuredly, women are the twin halves of men." [Sahih reported by Abu-Dawud (RA)]
In Islamic law a woman is an independent, unique individual in her own right. She has the same responsibilities...