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Najwa Adra

Najwa Adra , PhD, is a cultural anthropologist with long-term research and consulting experience in Yemen. She has worked with FAO, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank and DfID. In 2000-03 she piloted the highly successful Literacy through Poetry/Heritage, an adult literacy project in which learners’ own oral traditions formed the texts from which they learned to read and write. Her academic publications and development reports cover tribal identity and customary law, women in agriculture, social exclusion and adult literacy.

Research areas:  Inclusivity and gender , Middle East and North Africa

Publications

Women and peacebuilding in Yemen: challenges and opportunities
Two veiled women, clad in the ubiquitous black balto (or abaya, as it's also called), gaze out over Taiz from the Cairo Castle high above the city by Kate B Dixon with cc license from Flickr Najwa Adra 12 November 2013
This expert analysis explores hurdles facing and opportunities available to Yemeni women in light of UN Security Council Resolution 1325’s guidelines. Yemen is rich in social capital with norms that prioritise the protection of women, but internal and external stresses pose serious threats to women’s security. more  

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