Yemen: The woman saving a crumbling heritage

“I was surprised at the number of women who wanted to enrol in these training opportunities, fields which are traditionally regarded as male only,” says Harbia, who wears an abaya and niqab – clothing worn by Muslim women in Yemen to cover up completely apart from their eyes, which is a social norm. “I live in a conservative society, and there’s an expectation that no woman would want to be in this role.”


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