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  • UK-based & Yemen Focused

    IYG is a collaboration between professionals living in the UK, Yemen and elsewhere. We're based in London and don't get involved in party politics within the group.

  • We are Independent

    We promote or support Yemeni art and culture initiatives in the UK especially in the London area. We rely on our enthusiasm to get work done and are grateful for the professional support given to us by the Royal Borough of Kingston.

  • Small Organisations make a Big Difference

    Small organisations can make a huge difference to people's lives and their environment. Many need help to grow and increase the amazing work they do.

  • Yemen is Beautiful & Diverse

    In one day in Yemen you can travel from white sandy beaches and coral reefs, pass10,000 ft high rugged mountains through monsoon-fed tropical forests and out to the desert.

Independent Yemen Group works to promote a better future for the people of Yemen

Early & Forced Marriage

Child marriage is a major obstacle to Yemen's progress. Although this is well documented and internationally recognised, there is still no minimum age of marriage in Yemen. We run a project, Dolls4ChildBrides, which highlights this social injustice to the UK audience and promotes the work of organisations such as YERO in Sanaa. YERO already trains women (who are themselves young mothers) to sew products which are sold and the proceeds given to the women. This helps them to make an independent living...

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On the Edge of Society

An underclass exists within Yemeni society which is known as al-Akhdam or al-Muhamasheen. These are thought to be descendants of what were once migrant slaves who came over to Yemen from Ethiopia. They do society's dirty jobs - they clear rubbish, sweep the streets and clean out the sewers. They do the jobs which nobody else will do, and are treated as outcasts in their own society, living in isolated communities and forbidden from marrying into more privileged classes. They have no rights, no land, and suffer very bad treatment from other members of society. The National Dialogue recognises this injustice and seeks it to address it in the roadmap for a new Yemen.

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Yemen has Special Needs

Physical and mental disability hold great social stigma in Yemen and the number of Yemenis with special educational needs is not clear. However, it is known that all countries will have at least 10 percent disability in its population and the Yemeni ministry of Education reported in 2010 that at least 25 percent of students suffer from dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Many organisations work against the odds to improve the lives of the disadvantaged but lack of funding for training and resources affects their service delivery.

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Yemen has failed to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. What about the outcomes of the National Dialogue - will Yemen fail to achieve those too?

FOOD INSECURITY 50% of population is hungry. 30% of under-fives are malnourished. Donor pledges are yet to materialise. Why are donors promising money and then not giving it? A hungry nation is unstable, hunger creates resentment. We need money to buy food and promote agriculture.

PUBLIC HEALTH: About 75% of Yemen's population lives in rural areas with little access to doctors, nurses and medicines. Further investment in training and equipping health workers is essential to bring better standards of health care to the harder-to-reach parts of Yemen.

CLEAN WATER & SERVICES: Access to clean water is still a MAJOR issue in rural areas as is the provision of electricity and water sanitation systems. Being deprived of electricity is tantamount to a breach of a person's human rights in a modern-day setting.

EDUCATION: Enrolment of girls at schools has increased but not significantly, nor has the number of girls remaining in school for longer in education. Many drop out because boring syllabuses and the use of physical and humiliating punishments of children puts them off going to school.

GENDER EQUITY: non-existent. Women still have very little representation in local and national government.

Some recent writings

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Muslim Charity and YERO R...

Muslim Charity and YERO Ramadhan distributions 2015.  Huge thanks for all their efforts in this …

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Plight of British Yemeni ...

Due to the ongoing war in Yemen and closure of all foreign embassies, the Yemeni …

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Whither Yemen?

The Yemeni “youth” revolution came as a Tsunami. It brought in its wake a new …

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Yemen and its Millennium ...


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Farewell Chatham House Ye...

It definitely felt like the end of an era.  Wednesday 25th September 2013 saw the …