Focus on Yemen | Freedom of Movement, & Freedom from Harassment & Violence Topic Brief

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7 Dec 2010

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Women’s Freedom of Movement, and Freedom from Harassment and Violence

This topic brief presents the main findings from the SWMENA survey on the extent to which women enjoyed freedom of movement without pressures from family or society, attitudes towards violence against women, and the degree to which domestic violence is tolerated or rejected by society .1 In this brief, harassment is considered along with violence because a lack of safety and dignity limits women in every sphere of activity—from achieving an educational degree, to holding political office.

Women in Public Spaces

Women’s ability to move freely and safely in public spaces supports their ability to fully participate in the civic, political, and economic life of their communities. The SWMENA survey asked women in Yemen how free or restricted they felt in associating with persons of their own choosing; expressing their views on critical issues to family members, neighbors or friends; leaving their house without permission; and moving about in public areas without fear or pressure. 

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