CARE International in Yemen is proud to have been associated with this initiative with rural women in Al Mahweet.

The accounts of the village men and women who took part speak clearly and positively of the real and lasting changes in their lives which have happened thanks to the hard work and dedication of CARE staff working in close partnership with local communities in Yemen under the coordination of Faiza Hisham and Stephany Kersten.

We hope that the images and accounts in this book will inspire the imaginations of others to help change the lives of more women in rural communities everywhere. This resource is also available in Arabic.

Empowerment of women, as formulated by CARE staff, is building the capacity of women to improve their knowledge, experiences and skills to make decisions, improve the livelihood of themselves and their families, to participate in development, and improve her self esteem, within the context of Islamic rules and beliefs.

For two years, CARE has been working with 13 women’s associations in Al Mahweet governorate to increase their capacity, manage their associations and to take charge of their own empowerment.

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