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Educating girls is essential to peace in Yemen

Yemen's war has disrupted roughly a third of the educational infrastructure.

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In war-ravaged regions, where chaos and uncertainty rule the day, one beacon of hope shines brighter than ever: education for girls. As conflicts tear through communities and disrupt a fragile sense of normalcy, it is the girls who bear the brunt of unimaginable consequences. Yet, amidst this devastation lies an undeniable truth: when girls receive an education in conflict zones, they become unstoppable forces of change. Girls can contribute to peace in Yemen if they receive more opportunities for education and participation in decision-making.

The impact of the war in Yemen on education

Yemen's war has disrupted roughly a third of the educational infrastructure. It is estimated that over 2.4 million school-aged children in Yemen do not attend school. Millions of school-aged youngsters require humanitarian aid as well.

Girls in Yemen are exposed to many risks because of not going to school, including early marriage. The armed conflict broke out in Yemen in 2014, but the country has been suffering from an economic, political, and social crisis since the 1990s.

Girls in conflict zones - such as Yemen - face unique challenges that make getting an education especially difficult and important.

The Impact of War on girl education

Conflict zones are often rife with violence, poverty, and instability, making it hard for girls to even attend school let alone get a quality education. In addition, many girls in conflict zones are married off at a young age or are recruited into armed groups, meaning they have even less time and opportunity to learn.

Despite all of these obstacles, getting an education is crucial for girls in conflict zones. It can help them escape poverty, build a better future for themselves and their families, and perhaps even prevent or end conflicts.

An educated girl is more likely to delay marriage and childbirth; Space births further apart so that they are healthier; Become involved in decisions about her own life; Stand up for her rights; Serve as a role model for other girls; And be an active participant in rebuilding her community after a conflict ends.

Education and inequality

Gender inequality is one of the root causes of conflict and violence. Women and girls are often subjected to sexual violence, forced marriage, and other forms of gender-based discrimination and violence in conflict zones. This can have a lasting impact on their physical and mental health, as well as their ability to participate in society.

Education can help to break the cycle of gender inequality and violence by providing girls with the knowledge and skills they need to assert their rights and build a better future for themselves. Girls who are educated are more likely to marry later, have fewer children, and be able to earn an income that can support themselves and their families. They are also less likely to experience violence within their relationships.

How to help girls in Yemen get an education?

In order to give girls in Yemen the education they need and deserve, we must do more to support them. This includes everything from providing funding for schools to ensuring that teachers are trained to meet the unique needs of their students. Girls’ education is not only a basic human right, but it’s also critical for achieving peace and stability.

Education is critical for young girls in Yemen. With increased access to education, girls are more likely to stay in school, delay marriage and childbirth, and have greater economic opportunities. Girls who are educated are also better equipped to serve as peacebuilders and leaders in their communities.

In order to ensure that all girls have access to education in Yemen, it is important for organizations to put systems in place that protect girls from abuse and exploitation. This includes providing safe spaces for girls to learn, such as schools or learning centers that are free from violence and intimidation. It is also crucial to provide comprehensive support services for survivors of gender-based violence so that they can heal from their experiences and reclaim their lives.


Education is especially important in conflict zones - like Yemen - for girls as it serves as a protective barrier to many of the complex issues that they face. By making sure that they get access to education, these young women can take control of their lives and strive towards achieving greater goals despite any obstacles or difficulties they may encounter. It increases their self-confidence and opens doors that were previously closed off to them, leading to more opportunities for personal growth and development. Education not only helps empower these girls but also provides hope for a brighter future.


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