Recent survey data on decision-making reveals that although relatively few Yemeni women report working for wages (7%), those who do feel completely free (64%) or somewhat free (22%) decide how their earnings are used.However, when it comes to making decisions about daily household purchases, women report that their husband (48%) or other family members such as parents, children or other relatives (31%) primarily make such decisions.
Women do not have a voice in the marriage contract, but rather the agreement is made between the woman’s guardian (father or a male relative) and the groom.In a recent survey conducted for the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa Project, a sizable proportion of women (60%) and men (57%) felt that parents should choose their daughter’s marriage partner, as they have their children’s best interests at heart.29 relating to the settlement of disputes concerning the application and interpretation of the convention), A National Strategy for Women’s Development (2006-2015) is currently in place; its principal aims are to increase women’s participation in economic and educational activities, and increase their access to healthcare.In accordance with Yemen’s constitution, Sharia (Islamic law) is the source of all legislation.However, her share is generally smaller than a man’s entitlement.
A daughter, for example, inherits half as much as a son.
According to a recent study conducted by the National Center for Women’s Rights and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 90 per cent of women faced sexual harassment in the streets.
Additional survey data similarly suggests a relatively high prevalence of sexual harassment, with 75% of respondents in urban areas and 68% of those in rural areas reporting that they have heard that women experience harassment in public or at work; in the same survey 14% of women under 50 reported that they experience harassment most times or every time they are in public spaces.
There are no specific laws addressing sexual harassment, although Articles 270-274 of the Criminal Code stipulate that anyone who commits an offending act in public can be sentenced to up to six months in prison or fines.
The punishment rises to up to one year in prison and fines for forcing a female to behave immorally.
The Penal Code, Personal Status Act, Citizenship Act and Criminal Code all contain provisions that discriminate against women.