The Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC), a coordination and implementation body that executes a full range of mine action projects, recently trained and deployed 15 women in risk awareness (RA) with the support of UNDP. The women deployed for the first time in 2018, and are now conducting risk awareness toward communities in all parts of Yemen.
The women are working in mixed teams. Their deployment allows for engagement with the full community, as they engage with women, girls, boys and men as appropriate.
Challenges include access and keeping current with the risks, for example improvised explosive devices (IEDs). As the female teams have only been working for a short space of time, there is still a lot of experience needed.
With this move, YEMAC are now able to access complete communities. This was not the case previously.
GMAP applauds this development. We advocate for risk awareness teams to be made up of both men and women who can reach women, girls, boys and men in a given community. Some members of the community could be left out if risk awareness were only conducted by men.