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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse…
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Houthis Bar Shafiqa al-Wahsh From Regional Peace Dialogues

(Beirut) – Houthi officials in Yemen have barred a prominent women’s rights advocate from traveling to preparatory peace talk meetings in the region, Human Rights Watch said today. The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, should lift all travel…
A woman and a girl walk past a broken-down tank on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on September 27, 2015.
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Enact Law Establishing Minimum Age; Punish Violators

 (Sanaa) – The Yemeni government should expedite passage of a draft Child Rights Law establishing 18 as Yemen’s minimum marriage age. On April 27, 2014, Legal Affairs Minister Mohammad Makhlafi submitted the proposed law to Prime Minister Mohammad …
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Justice for Past Abuses, Women’s Equality Should Not Wait for New Constitution

(Sanaa) – Yemeni lawmakers should act on recommendations by the National Dialogue Conference on Yemen’s future constitution. In particular, the lawmakers should address recommendations that promote justice for abuses during the 2011 uprising, defend women…
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Yemen’s Obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Yemeni Islah Party Secretariat Sanaa, Yemen   Dear Mr. Abd al-Wahab al-Ansi, I want to thank you for holding a very productive meeting with me and my colleagues on January 28, 2014, at your office. We very much appreciated the frank discussion on the…
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Yesterday, a 565-member forum in Yemen, created to help establish the building blocks for a new constitution, took the major step of releasing a report that recommended a minimum age for marriage of 18 for both boys and girls. The forum, which began in…
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You may have heard about Rawan, whose name appeared in news after the 8-year-old Yemeni girl reportedly died in September from reproductive tract injuries sustained on her wedding night. Rawan's father had married her off to a 40-year-old man who raped…
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National Dialogue Process Should Make Ending Discrimination a Priority

(Sanaa) - Yemen should protect women’s rights by ensuring that its new constitution has adequate protections for women, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the head of the Rights and Freedoms Working Group of its National Dialogue process that was made…