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Yemeni women

Although Yemen is a very conservative country, women have more rights than in any other country in the region. Unlike their neighbours in Saudi Arabia, Yemeni women are allowed to drive and vote, while many work in the professions as teachers, nurses, doctors and business women. Yet the gender-disparity in Yemen is one of the worst in the world. 60% of urban women are illiterate with levels rising to 75% in rural areas. Poverty and lack of access to adequate healthcare mean that Yemen has the highest maternal mortality rate among Arab countries.

Abbie Trayler-Smith documented Oxfam's work with local community groups to improve health care and education provision for women through the training of midwives and funding of schools and strengthen their rights by providing legal aid and counselling to those who have fallen foul of the law.
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