CARE and partners would like to invite participants to an interactive session of Ted Style talks whereby a very special group of Yemeni nationals who bring forward their expert and diverse perspectives as they reflect on what works, pressing needs and opportunities for Yemeni Women's Participation in the Peace Process.
Yemen is going through a fifth year of conflict which has created the worst humanitarian and protection crisis in the world. Since 2015 when the conflict escalated in Yemen, four rounds of peace talks have been organised among conflict parties under the UN umbrella. In all the rounds women and youth participation was minimal. One of the most crucial aspects in realising lasting and inclusive peace is making sure women participate as actors in the peace process, which is challenged by a shrinking space for local CSOs. Securing lasting peace will require an inclusive settlement, where women are represented, but also their voices are representative.
During the event, Yemeni guest speakers representing
local CSOs, Women Led Organizations and youth led initiatives will provide
insights into diverse topics of relevance to Yemeni Women’s participation in
the peace process. The executive
manager of a local Yemeni CSO which focuses on art and culture will
highlight the work
on art in times of conflict where art is considered luxury. Peacebuilding
through art has been a tool of resistance for many young people. An independent youth representative will share perspectives on the role of youth in communities as peace
builders and war makers with limited options context where some young people
had to join battlefield to secure a monthly income. The executive director of a local CSO which focuses on social
change will share insights to the struggles of local CSOs to operate
under different authorities and shrinking spaces for women led CSOs where they
end up closing CSOs due to lack of funding/ no accessibility or embrace
emergency projects to sustain continuity.
Moderator: Petra Stienen
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