THE PRICE OF A WOMAN SANA’A, YEMEN
According to Sharia law a married man in Yemen can divorce his wife simply by pronouncing the oral oath:
“ I’m divorced ” and thus bring the nuptials to an end.
For a woman, on the other hand, it is far more complicated to divorce her husband and if she manages, through lawyers and courtrooms she is often seen as damaged goods by society while her family generally considers her behavior as shameful at the least. If the couple has children, the mother has no right to keep them and in the rare cases the ex-husband actually lets her raise the kids, it is only until she remarries - if ever she is able to find a man who wants to take a divorcee as his wife.
In Sana’a, Yemen Women’s Union opens its doors to women who have escaped their ex-husbands and families for their own safety. The goal is to teach them a profession, some self-esteem and to help them start a new life. The women get a chance to live together for a while in safety until they get back on their feet again.
The stories are many and these are just a handful. In Yemen a woman always has a price but rarely any value.