In 1994 Social Research and Women Studies Unit was established as part of the faculty of Arts in Sana’a University. Then in 1996 with the support of the Sana’a University management as well as the Dutch government The Applied Research and Women Studies Center was established. Later in June 2003, The Gender-Development Research & Studies Center (GDRSC) at Sana’a University was re-established as a dynamic unit within the university engaged in a program of teaching, research and outreach on Women / gender and development issues in Yemeni society.
GDRSC uses gender analysis to investigate material and ideological relations of gender affecting men and women in Yemen and MENA region. It is particularly concerned that there are institutionalized gender inequalities for women.
It seeks to expose and transform these to create a more just society. With the overall gender specific framework, GDRSC highlights both the need for specialized academic degree awarding studies in gender and development, and integration of gender analysis in faculties of Sana’a University and other fields. studies in gender and development, and integration of gender analysis in faculties of Sana’a University and other fields.