Datum: 11-09-2019Tijd: 16.00 - 17.30 uurLocatie: Palais des Nations, Building E, Room XXV
On the margins of the 42nd Regular
Session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of Germany in Geneva,
CARE, WILPF, Oxfam and WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform are pleased to invite you
to a side-event on:
Women, Peace and Security in Yemen
Claiming the Right to Participate in the Peace Process – From the Ground Up
This event brings women civil society leaders from Yemen together
with representatives of the international community to identify concrete
opportunities to improve international support for the meaningfulparticipation of Yemeni women in
humanitarian response, peacebuilding and security.
More specifically, with this event, we aim to: 1) Provide
practical recommendations based on Yemeni women peacemakers’ experiences
regarding full and effective
participation of women in the peace process in Yemen 2) Provide a better
understanding of local-level peacebuilding efforts in track III – often linked
with humanitarian response – and how this can be connected to track II and
track I diplomacy.
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Opening Remarks by the Permanent Mission of Germany
Ms Abeer Alqadasi (Executive director of a local civil society organization in Yemen)
Ms Yasmine Al-Nadheri (Secretary General of Peace Track Initiative and member of the Women Solidarity Network)
Ms Suha Basharen (CARE Yemen gender specialist)
Mr Taha Yaseen (Oxfam Yemen policy adviser)
Situation analysis of Yemeni women’s diverse mobilization and inclusion strategies and initiatives in the peace process across the different participation tracks, with special insights on tracks 1.5,track 2, and track 3.
Current programs and initiatives on women’s participation in peace and political processes in Yemen, and political, social and economic factors, often linked to the humanitarian crisis, that hinder this.
The triple nexus ‘humanitarian-development-peace’ in the Yemen context, and the direct involvement and roles of women and youth.
Recommendations to address the obstacles and enhance the substantive and influential participation of Yemeni women in peacebuilding at various levels.
The presentations will be followed by an open session, providing the opportunity to ask questions and offer further suggestions.
Yemen is now in its fifth year of a
conflict which has created the worst humanitarian and protection crisis in the
world. 80% of the population – 24 million people – require assistance, tens of
thousands of people have been killed or injured, and 3.6 million people are
displaced. In light of this, the international community’s attention has
largely been focused on the humanitarian crisis; less attention has been paid
to the pre-existing conditions in the country and the way in which the conflict
has exacerbated the patterns of inequality, disadvantage and discrimination
faced by certain groups in Yemen.
One of the main drivers of
conflict and meanwhile one of the main shortcomings of the current political
process, is that it does not prioritize or adequately address Yemeni civilians’
priorities, concerns, and grievances. While women-led organizations and youth
groups continue to mobilize for sustainable peace and an inclusive political
process, their voices remain largely marginalized.
In order to advance peace in Yemen,
international stakeholders need to work to foster an inclusive environment in
which women and youth are able to collectively strategize and channel their
priorities and expectations from the peace process prior, during, and after
peace talks take place at the official level. The current, traditional, approach of the talks around Yemen is falling
short in terms of inclusivity, as the two-party negotiations are excluding
Yemeni civil society voices, particularly women’s voices.
This is in sharp contrast to the prominent role Yemeni women – and
youth – played during the 2011 mass movement for political reform, and their
structural inclusion in the National Dialogue in 2013-2014. It also negates the
fact that Yemeni women are currently playing important roles in local-level
tension reduction and conflict management.
This failure to include the views, needs and priorities of Yemeni
women – both during conflict times and transition phases – not only renders the
process gender-blind, but also jeopardizes the prospects for a sustainable and
inclusive solution to the protracted conflict. This is in contradiction to the
findings of several comparative research studies, that inclusive peace-making
leads to better peace agreements and enhances the changes of their
2015, when the conflict escalated in Yemen, four rounds of peace talks have
been organized between conflict parties under the auspices of the United
Nations; however, women and youth participation in the peace process has been
very limited. In the most recent rounds of talks in Stockholm, only one woman
out of 24 members of the delegations was present. While the UN Special Envoy
tried to close the gender gap by inviting 7 Yemeni women technical advisors,
they ended up participating on the sidelines of the consultations and were not
allowed to take part in the closing ceremony.
Picture: Care Nederland / Care International.