Two workshops in Marib and al-Mukalla governorates to Support Woman's Participation and her role in Peacebuilding

Two workshops in Marib and al-Mukalla governorates to Support Woman's Participation and her role in Peacebuilding

Two workshops in Marib and al-Mukalla governorates to Support Woman's Participation and her role in Peacebuilding 

Women4Yemen Network

March 30, 2020

Women4Yemen Network, within the Group of Nine, carried out two workshops in Marib and al-Mukalla governorates on " Political Participation of Yemeni Woman and her Role in Peacebuilding" on March, 27, 28 and aimed at addressing the major challenges for gender equality and what can be done to overcome them.


The workshops supported by UN Women and funded by the Japanese Government in cooperation with the Tajdid Iraq Foundation and in coordination with the Office of Labour and Social Affairs in Marib and Alamal Women's and Sociocultural foundation in al-Mukalla.


Participants stressed the significance of clear strategies and plans which strengthen women's role at all areas.


Aden Saleh Fehidan, a female activist in HOCO organization said that studies confirm that there are fears that the reality will be reflected on women's participation after the conflict. The achievements of women on the political level might be weakened and reached zero participation unless we encouraged their participation more at all levels.


Abha Baoudan, the president of Alamal Socio-cultural Feminism Foundation mentioned that Yemeni women's participation in peace talks is low, and sustainable peace and justice can be achieved by women's participations.


The workshop conclusions stressed the need to tackle the cultural, social, and political barriers impeding women’s effective participation in peace operations and political participation.

A Statement of Condemnation and Conviction

A Statement of Condemnation and Conviction

A Statement of Condemnation and Conviction

Women4Yemen Network

December 05, 2020

Alamal Women's and Sociocultural Foundation, condemn the heinous crime which the victim (Marwa al-Baiti) was exposed to by the perpetrator (her husband). Marwa al-Baiti was set on fire (by petrol) in front of her children. According to the medical report, burns affected 80% of her body. She died from her injuries a few days after the incident.
Marwa al-Baiti’s death was the third of four deaths that happened in the same week. In all cases the murderer was the husband. The following women were recently killed:
- Fatima al-Jabri-al-Sharj-al-Mukalla (Beaten)
- (Name cannot be revealed to protect privacy) -al-Kuda- al-Mukalla (asphyxiation while she was pregnant)
- Marwa al-Baiti-Fawa- al-Mukalla (Burned)
- Anfal al-Quraishi-Aynat-al-Mukalla (Slaughtered)
These are heinous and criminal acts – acts that are banned by laws, covenants and constitutions. We renew our demands that the offenders receive punishment commiserate with the crime and that the punishments are such that they can act as a deterrent to others in order to protect women from acts of violence and reduce the spread of this deadly phenomenon. Justice can only be served by ending impunity and holding the killers to account. This is the urgent demand of society and of the victims' family and relatives.
Women4Yemen and Alamal Center for Rights of Women and Children appealed to civil society organizations to stand in solidarity with the victims and to put pressure on the competent authorities to enact laws which prevent violence against women and impose severe penalties for the perpetrators. We call for women to be respected and protected from violence. International legislation and covenants aimed at protecting the rights of women, and ratified by Yemen, must be upheld.
Women4Yemen and the Alamal Center for Rights of Women and Children, related to Alamal Women's and Sociocultural Foundation, call on the security and judicial entities to punish the offenders based on principles of justice and to ensure such crimes are not repeated.

A Copy To:
- The Security Manager of al-Mukalla district
- The President of the Appellate Persecution of al-Mukalla
-The President of the Appellate Court of al-Mukalla
- Yemeni Women Union
- UN Women
- Women' Civil Society Organizations

Photos: During a protest from feminist organizations and activists condemning the escalation of violence against women.

Statement of Women4Yemen Network for ”Together Stronger” event organized by the UN Office of the special envoy to Yemen and UN Women

Statement of Women4Yemen Network for ”Together Stronger” event organized by the UN Office of the special envoy to Yemen and UN Women

Statement of Women4Yemen Network for ”Together Stronger” event organized by the UN Office of the special envoy to Yemen and UN Women

 

Women4Yemen

October 29, 2020

Excellencies, dear colleagues, distinguished guests,


We know that Yemeni women are systematically excluded from peace talks. Although women are excluded from formal peace negotiations, they continue to advocate for and negotiate peace on the ground. For example, women have advocated for and secured the release of abductees. Women continue to form grassroots and high-level coalitions unify voices calling for peace.


But at decision-making levels, women are absent from both political life and the peace process. In Stockholm, for example, only one woman participated. If we do not make efforts to integrate women politically, women will not be represented in Track 1 peace negotiations or be positioned at decision making levels in transitional period and post war.


Women4Yemen supports the recently-announced truce, and we call on all parties to the conflict not squander this opportunity for peace. For peace to happen, women’s participation must be guaranteed. working on Track 2 and 3 by networking with global and regional organizations and donors such as UNW, CMI and Nobel Women’s Initiative. We work to empower women politically and provide opportunities for advocacy.


“We are committed to join forces with OSESGY, UNW, local and international women’s groups, government agencies, civil society organizations and the international community in an effort to support joint efforts for peace. More needs to be done. We need an increased focus on protection especially of gender-based violence – violence which has been made worse by war and COVID-19. A legal framework with Judicial reform to take place to protect women and girls and provide fair trails too.”


Recommendations for the agreement with the parties to the conflict
Political participation Recommendations


(1) Support women’s organizations & women’s peace projects.
(2) Ensure 50% representation of women in the technical peace committee.
(3) Build women's capacities to reach decision-makers, to strengthen local networks and to fundraise.
(4) Support programs and policies aimed at women’s protection and safety.
(5) Ensure the meaningful and effective participation of Yemeni women with at least 30% participation across all tracks of the peace process and negotiations.
(6) Protect women's rights through agreements that are committed to by all parties and impose maximum penalties for violating agreements.
(7) Establish human rights committees that include women and men activists and investigate enforced disappearance of women and mitigate violence against women through awareness seminars.

 

Statement of Women4Yemen Network for the 20th anniversary of UNRSC1325

Statement of Women4Yemen Network for the 20th anniversary of UNRSC1325

Statement of Women4Yemen Network for the 20th anniversary of UNRSC1325

Women4Yemen

November 01, 2020

 

Excellencies, dear colleagues, distinguished guests,


I am here today on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. This anniversary is an opportunity to redouble efforts towards supporting women working for peace.


Participation


We know that Yemeni women are systematically excluded from peace talks. Although women are excluded from formal peace negotiations, they continue to advocate for and negotiate peace on the ground. For example, women have advocated for and secured the release of abductees. Women continue to form grassroots and high-level coalitions unify voices calling for peace.
But at decision-making levels, women are absent from both political life and the peace process. In Stockholm, for example, only one woman participated. If we don't make efforts to integrate women politically, women will not be represented in Track 1 peace negotiations.
Women4Yemen supports the recently-announced truce, and we call on all parties to the conflict not squander this opportunity for peace. For peace to happen, women’s participation must be guaranteed.


Women4Yemen is working on Track 2 and 3 through networking with global and regional organizations and donors such as CMI and Nobel Women’s Initiative. We work to empower women politically and provide opportunities for advocacy.
The strong advocacy work of Women4Yemen gives visibility to the work of Yemeni women activists. We advocate for peace and women’s inclusion in peace talks through videos, posters, blogs, speeches, meetings, media statements and interviews. For example, we issued statements in support Awfa al Naami and called for an end to the Taiz conflict. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemeni-women-demand-seat-table-peace-talks-begin-stockholm


Women4Yemen, with the Association of Abductees' Mothers, submitted a report to the CEDAW Committee on the significant increase of discrimination against women since the start of the conflict. https://bit.ly/3jYfx0V

We need to join forces with local and international women’s groups, with government agencies, civil society organizations and the international community in an effort to support and uphold women’s efforts for peace. 

Protection


According to the recent report by the UN’s Group of Eminent Experts (GEE), women activists face unprecedented levels of retaliation and oppression by all parties to the conflict, particularity by the Ansar Allah Movement (known as the Houthi group) and armed groups affiliated with the UAE-US led coalition. The GEE report shows how gender norms are weaponized to silence women. Women4Yemen, in a side event at the Human Rights Council, highlighted that defamation, false prostitution accusations, and sexual violence are used to socially-stigmatize and silence women activists, particularly peace activists.


We are committed to ensuring women have access to legal support, to documenting abuse and to advocating for to women’s rights. We have partnered with two human rights organizations, SAM and the Yemeni archive, to provide legal support and have, also, provided legal assistance, pro-bono, to Asma Al Omeisy.
But more needs to be done. We need an increased focus on gender-based violence – violence which has been made worse by war and COVID-19.


Prevention


The perpetrators of violence against women must be held to account. Judicial reforms, with a focus on gender, are much-needed in Yemen. Laws that criminalize gender-based violence must be enacted. And current laws, supporting gender-based violence, need to be reformed.


Political participation Recommendations:
(1) Support women’s organizations & women’s peace projects..
(2) Ensure 50% representation of women in the technical peace committee.
(3) Build women's capacities to reach decision-makers, to strengthen local networks and to fundraise.
(4)Support programs and policies aimed at women’s protection and safety.
(5) Ensure the meaningful and effective participation of Yemeni women with at least 30% participation across all tracks of the peace process and negotiations.
(6) Protect women's rights through agreements that are committed to by all parties and impose maximum penalties for violating agreements.
(7) Establish human rights committees that include women and men activists and investigate enforced disappearance of women and mitigate violence against women through awareness seminars.

Resources and References:
1- Women4Yemen Network. (2020). Global Appeal for Ceasefire Requires Commitment and Accountability in Yemen.
2-Yemeni Women “Group of Nine” network . (2020). Yemeni Women “Group of Nine” network for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
3- Women4Yemen Network. (2020). Bombing Women’s Prison Renews the Suffering of Taiz.
4- Women4Yemen Network. (2020). Urgent Appeal To Release Prisoners and Detainees in Yemen.

Discrimination Against Women on the Rise in Yemen

Discrimination Against Women on the Rise in Yemen

Discrimination Against Women on the Rise in Yemen

 

 

Women4Yemen

October 15, 2020

 

Discrimination against Yemeni women has significantly increased as a result of the on-going conflict in Yemen, according to the Alternative Report on Yemen, a report submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The Women4Yemen report, submitted in cooperation with Association of Abductees' Mothers, highlights the difficulty in implementing international conventions in conflict zones, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

In addition to the daily violence associated with war, Yemen has seen an increase in gender-based violence since the start of the conflict. Yemeni women are, also, systematically being denied their right to travel, healthcare and education. And social and legal reforms, with a focus on gender, are much needed in Yemen.

“The report highlights the need to guarantee women’s access to justice, legal aid, health services, education and employment.  It also highlights the fact that without increased participation of women at all levels of decision-making, lasting change won’t happen,” said Kawkab al-Thaibani, the director of the Women4Yemen Network.

The report was submitted to the CEDAW on 5 October, 2020. Read the full report here.  https://bit.ly/3jYfx0V

 

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