Yemeniettes: Women and Innovation in Conflict-Ridden Yemen

On November 8th, as part of the Geneva Peace Week, the Gender & Diversity Hub (G&D Hub) organised the screening of Yemeniettes. The documentary follows the journey of young Yemeni girls on their entrepreneurial journey to bring solar-powered lanterns to their country. Set against the backdrop of a country facing many challenges such as high […]

On November 8th, as part of the Geneva Peace Week, the Gender & Diversity Hub (G&D Hub) organised the screening of Yemeniettes. The documentary follows the journey of young Yemeni girls on their entrepreneurial journey to bring solar-powered lanterns to their country. Set against the backdrop of a country facing many challenges such as high youth unemployment, drug abuse and a failing education system, the film sheds light on how girls can become active agents of change in their own nation.Yemeniettes

More than 70 persons were present for the screening of the film, and most stayed to participate in the discussion and questions and answers session with Yahya Khalil, Operations Coordinator Near and Middle East at the ICRC, and Jovana Carapic, Associate Researcher and Gender Focal Point at the Small Arms Survey. Yahya Khalil briefed the audience on the current state of the conflict and engaged in a long and participatory discussion with the small crowd. The G&D Hub was proud to host an event on Yemen, a conflict often forgotten, and to provide an additional focus on the role of women.

The G&D Hub is a joint initiative of DCAF; the Gender Centre, GCSP, GICHD, GMAP, and SAS, all based at the Maison de la Paix. The G&D Hub aims to foster gender and diversity inclusive peace and security policy, research and practice.

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