Manasati30 (formerly known as Yemen Youth Panel), was created in 2013 and has remained operational throughout the Yemen civil conflict. It offers an inclusive space to young Yemenis to express their views, connect with their peers and bring their needs to the attention of policy and decision makers. Manasati30’s Facebook community is the largest of any page targeting young people in Yemen.
Highlights of 2019
In 2019 Manasati30 succeeded in increasing the participation of women on their platform by producing relevant content of interest to women. One example was a poll about wearing the Niqab. Of the 3,100 respondents, 66% were in favour while 34% (the majority of them women) were against. The poll generated a lot of discussion with many people saying women should be able to choose what they like to wear. One woman stated: “I want to get rid of the Niqab because it distresses me and makes it hard to breathe, especially in crowded places, however the society I live in and my family won’t allow me to go out without wearing it”.
Participation of women
Another survey on “women’s emerging roles during the war” had the highest ever participation from women, 47%, a significant increase from the average. The results of this survey showed that 69% of the participants know women who started getting jobs which were exclusive to men before the war.
Around 14% of the followers of Manasati30’s Facebook page are women which is in line with the average for Yemen. However, 26% of all engagements on the Manasati30 platform were from women, while the average for Facebook pages in Yemen is 10%.
Manasati30 in 2019
Poll on ‘choosing major’
(36% women users)
“Your page is the only place where I safely can read comments with no insults, curses or religious fighting, it’s the only place where I feel unity.”
Message from a young person