Four ways women can help to end the Middle East’s water crisis

Sally Abi Khalil Gender, Water, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

We know women have to be at the heart of designing and delivering the response to the region’s water problems, says Oxfam MENA’s Sally Abi Khalil. She sets out four principles for a fresh, feminist approach to managing water.

How clean water can flow from peace in Yemen

Fayad Al-Derwish Conflict, Water, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Last year’s truce in Yemen opened a window for Oxfam to establish a water supply to thousands in a conflict-hit border area. Now, says Fayad Al-Derwish, we desperately need that truce renewed to change the lives of many more people living without basic services

Three ways to boost resilience in the face of Yemen’s colliding crises

Fayad Al-Derwish Cash transfers, Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

From helping small business owners get back on their feet, to securing water supplies, to building climate resilience, Fayad Al-Derwish explains how Oxfam in Yemen is supporting conflict-affected families through difficult times, in a blog for World Humanitarian Day

I’m proud to be a Yemeni tackling our water crisis – but we need the world to do much more, especially for women

Fayad Al-Derwish Conflict, Gender, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Over seven years of conflict, Yemen’s water and sanitation infrastructure has been destroyed. Oxfam’s Fayad Al-Derwish sets out the impact on women and girls – and what he and his team are doing to help rebuild

We are in it together: Feminist activists in MENA united

Hadeel Qazzaz Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Many social media followers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) would recognize names such as Israa Ghrayeb from Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), or Al-Anoud Sheryan from Yemen or Tara Fares from Iraq. These are young women in their twenties who were disfigured or killed by a family member or an intimate partner.   Their stories shocked people and devastated women rights activist across the region. …

The struggle of Yemeni women between war and harmful social norms

Rehab Al-Dhamari Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Armed conflict, poverty, hunger and economic crisis have been severely affecting the lives Yemeni people over the past six years. Around 80% of the Yemeni population require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, this means 24 million people, including 14.3 million in acute need. GBV is wide-spread in Yemen In the Yemeni context, gender-based violence (GBV) is a very …

What does the UN Security Council Resolution on COVID-19 mean?

Pauline Chetcuti Conflict, Humanitarian

On July 1st, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously backed U.N. chief Antonio Guterres’ March 23rd call for a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic. Resolution 2532 (2020) was finally adopted after more than three months of deadlock. Oxfam and our partners have campaigned for this resolution as a first step towards silencing the guns. The resolution drafted by France …

How can the UK government justify arms sales that fuel the war in Yemen?

Laura Gyte Conflict, Food security, Humanitarian, In the news, Protection

Laura Gyte describes why Oxfam intervened in a court case brought against the UK government over arms sales. UPDATE: on 20 June the Court of Appeal ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are unlawful. In April, the Court of Appeal heard a claim brought by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) on whether the UK government’s decision to …

Yemen: civilians are not a target

Alexandros Yiannopoulos Conflict, Humanitarian

This World Humanitarian Day, following a recent airstrike on a school bus, Alexandros Yiannopoulos explains why Oxfam is calling for a ceasefire to protect civilians in Yemen. In Northern Yemen last week, as I was preparing to write this blog, 41 children on a school trip were killed by a Saudi Coalition airstrike. All loss of life is a tragedy, …