The Yemen Trend - May 2019 Issue

Throughout May attention remained on Hodeidah, where UN monitors have been seeking to implement the Hodeidah Agreement reached during the Sweden Consultations in December. The Houthis unilaterally redeployed their forces from the three ports of Hodeidah governorate between May 11 and 14, in a move that was verified by the UN and lauded as a critical first step in the implementation of the agreement. However, the move was heavily criticized by the Yemeni government as a sham and counter to what was agreed upon. “I can no longer tolerate the violations committed by the special envoy, which threaten prospects for a solution,” President Hadi said in a letter to the UN Secretary-General, who resp

Strengthening Women’s Participation in the Yemeni Peace Process and Beyond

On 9-11 April, a group of 29 Yemeni women representing the country’s geographic and political diversity, as well as leading women’s networks and organisations, gathered in Cairo, Egypt. The group developed concrete and actionable recommendations for Yemeni and international stakeholders on women’s inclusion in the peace process and beyond. The workshop was organized by Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) and DeepRoot Consulting, and is part of the EU-funded project "Supporting Inclusive Peacemaking Efforts and Political Transition in Yemen". The workshop concluded with a number of key recommendations, as well as some suggested language related to the transitional period for an eventual peace


Scarce opportunities to earn a viable livelihood in Yemen have, for decades, driven hundreds of thousands of Yemenis abroad in search of work. Given chronically poor access to education in Yemen, the majority of these have been unskilled or semi-skilled laborers. The proximity of Saudi Arabia and the robustness of its oil-driven economy has made it a natural destination for most of Yemen’s expatriate labor force. The economic boom in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in the 1970s and 1980s, with the corresponding demand for labor, also drew many Yemenis to work in the GCC, with Saudi Arabia opening its borders to Yemenis without visa requirements. Following the 1990 Gulf War – and the Ye

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