Campaigning for a better Yemen where justice, fairness and freedom are fundamental human rights
|Since the revolution started in January 2011, many British Yemenis have worked tirelessly to support calls for democracy in Yemen. Independent Yemen Group works to promote fairness, freedom and democracy in Yemen, and to support projects that will help the country's longer-term development.|
We engage in lobbying to Parliament to continue the United Kingdom's financial and political support for Yemen in these exceptionally difficult times, as well as facing the media to support our messages.
We collaborate in fund raising activities for humanitarian appeals by Yemen Relief and Development Forum, the umbrella group of Yemeni diaspora charities from the UK of which Independent Yemen Group (IYG) is one of the founding members. We also support and promote fund raising activities and events by other Yemen-focused charities.
At IYG, we have a particularly keen interest in women's rights and opportunities and are embarking on an awareness raising campaign within the UK on the prevalence of child marriage in Yemen.
As part of this work, we will be setting up a small venture that will train and enable young uneducated girls in Yemen to earn a living through the skills that we teach them with our partners out in the field. In the United Kingdom, we are looking to build a network of volunteers who can do outreach work within Yemeni communities where women are often isolated by illiteracy and unable to participate in community life, nor do they have the confidence and knowledge to know where to turn in times of difficulties.
|Independent Yemen Group has organised or participated in several events since the start of Yemen's revolution and our formation. Here are some of them:|
March 2011 onwards
Various demonstrations in London, Downing Street, Yemen Embassy and Trafalgar Square.
Yemen Aid ships over 20 tonnes of medicines, non-perishable foodstuffs, bedding and clothes. All carried out and donated by volunteers throughout the United Kingdom trying to help their families and people back in Yemen during the very difficult times of the Revolution.
October 2011Support of #SUPPORTYEMEN's campaigns to break the silence about Yemen's revolution and start addressing the food crisis that was unfolding in Yemen, the consequences of which are very apparent today.
TAWAKKOL KARMAN VISITS UNITED KINGDOM. Independent Yemen Group hosts and arranges the schedule and press engagements for Tawakkol Karman's visit to UK, shortly after receiving the nobel peace prize for 2011.
January 2012 First NoQat Day in Yemen
|February 2012 OXFORD ARAB SPRING CONFERENCE|
|March 2012 Inauguration of Yemen Relief and Development Forum|
|May 2012Humanitarian Conference in Cairo, chaired by Dr Hany al Banna, Chair of Humanitarian Forum.|
|July 2012Ramadhan Appeal from YRDF.|
|September 2012Support of Hungry for Change campaign.|
|October 2012Start of our independent research into British Yemeni women's attitudes towards marriage and education.|
|October 2012Dolls for daughters of child brides campaign starts.|
|January 2013 Yemen: Challenges for the Future Conference, organised by British Yemeni Society and SOAS.|