Yemen War & Women's Leadership: A Humanitarian Perspective

14/03/2019 - 17:30
LMEI Building (21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA)

The British–Yemeni Society in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS will be hosting the following event ‘Yemen War & Women's Leadership: A Humanitarian Perspective’ in partnership with OXFAM on Thursday 14 March at 18:00 in the MBI Al Jaber Building (London Middle East Institute, SOAS, 21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA). We invite you to join us in welcoming OXFAM and their three humanitarian partners from Yemen who will share with the Society their stories and personal accounts of the situation on the ground.  Please note that the speakers will present in Arabic with translation to follow in English. Our friends from OXFAM and their Yemeni partners will also update the Society on they have responded to the humanitarian situation. Doors will open from 17:30 and drinks will follow the presentation and Q&A. Seating for this event is limited so please register. 


  • Dalia Qasim (co-founder and manager of the Hodaidah Girls Foundation) The organisation works with and supports women and communities in Hodeida through humanitarian and development programming. With extensive developmental and humanitarian experience Dalia is a certified trainer. With her team, she works with women from the local area to develop gender sensitive and transformative programming with a focus on economic empowerment. She is also currently managing child protection, gender, resilience and community development programming in partnership with Oxfam, UN Agencies and other international organisations.
  • Dr Aysha Thawab has 13 years of experience in healthcare management, including in a leadership position. Aisha has publications in the field of women leadership, gender and youth development. She has been chairwoman at the Abs Foundation since 2012. Prior to this she worked for the Social Fund for Development (SFD), and has vast experience working with international non-governmental organisations.
  • Laila Al-Shabibi is a women rights advocate and the Executive Manager of To Be Foundation for Rights and Freedoms, a woman led organisation working with Women and Women’s Rights groups in the south of the country. The organisation works at the grassroots level to promote and advocate for the implementation of UNSC resolution 1325 and to insure the voices and concerns of women are heard. She is also a member of the MENA Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition. Laila is a trainer with the Regional Campaign School (NDI), the General Coordinator of Voices White Network and a founding member of a feminist network for peace and democracy.

    To attend this event please register with Ibrahim Zanta, Events Secretary at