History & Mission
Yemen is among the most challenging places in the world to raise a family. Every two hours, one mother and six newborns die because of complications during pregnancy or birth. Through the National Safe Motherhood Alliance (NSMA), an affiliate of White Ribbon Alliance, we are playing a key role in the national dialogue to support the adoption of a safe motherhood law and to create productive national dialogues around the important issues of free healthcare, the age of marriage, girls’ education and violence against women.
More than four years of armed conflict has robbed women and children birthed in a war zone of their right to life and, for the survivors, access to the best healthcare possible. Not only has Yemen suffered the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, the country continues to contend with the world’s largest cholera epidemic. The on-going conflict and outbreak has left pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially those who are malnourished, vulnerable.
White Ribbon Alliance Yemen is working with other organizations to stabilize the country, write a new constitution, prepare for elections and unify the country.
Current activities are suspended due to the ongoing conflict situation, however, we remain committed to promoting a peaceful society so that we can resume our important work on behalf of women and children.
NSMA/WRA Yemen kicked off a series of awareness workshops from 2013 – 2015 throughout Yemen with religious and community leaders on sexually transmitted diseases and family planning. The workshops educate people throughout Yemen on women’s health and rights.
In 2008, Ali Mohammed Mujawar, Yemen’s Prime Minister, inspired others to support the cause for safe motherhood by publicly donating two million Rial to support NSMA/WRA Yemen at an International Women’s Day celebration coordinated by WRA and Yemen’s National Woman’s Committee.
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