Advocacy Campaign to Stop War and respond to Covid-19
"Group Of Nine "
Peace Partners Alliance
An Appeal Calling for Peace to the Countries supporting Yemen
To: The leaders of the countries supporting the peace process in Yemen
We, the "Group of Nine" established by UN Women Yemen between nine Yemeni women’s group to harmonize efforts on the realization of the 1325 UNSCR for Yemeni women, are supporting the advocacy campaign launched by the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, calling for a ceasefire in Yemen amidst the current COVID-19 outbreak. In his call for a ceasefire, the Special Envoy highlights the importance and the necessity of Yemeni women’s meaningful participation in cease-fire operations and in demanding the end of this conflict. Women should be included in all peace processes such as dialogues, consultations, and political agreements together with the participation of all political, social, and civil forces.
We, the Group of Nine, call on your support of our appeal which comes under difficult and extremely complicated circumstances as Yemen is a country that has been suffering for six years from the effects of violence and conflict. The situation in Yemen has been classified as the worst humanitarian catastrophe in recent history. According to the latest findings of the United Nations, more than 26 million people in Yemen are on the brink of poverty, famine, and destitution and require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. This coped with the devastating risks and challenges that come with the COVID-19 pandemic, puts Yemen at more risk than ever. Therefore, the international community and countries, which are already supporting peacebuilding initiatives, should continue in making every possible effort and take responsibility in providing all forms of political and humanitarian support to end this conflict which starts with a ceasefire. Also, they should contribute to the prevalence of this pandemic which imposes new challenges and risks as it is a humanitarian ordeal afflicting all nations, including Yemen which will face new struggles with the spread of the COVID-19 in the light of the continuation of the conflict.
We realize that you share with us the responsibility of supporting the call for a ceasefire. However, your responsibility is very important to us in achieving this goal, because of your ability to work with different parties to the conflict. By participating in the development of practical and effective measures for a cease-fire, the desired results can be reached for all Yemenis and those who are active in the field of peace and peacebuilding initiatives. We, as the Group of Nine, realize that we must join forces together with you and share responsibilities in supporting all initiatives at the local, national, regional, and international levels.
Your role, as a supporting country, will be effective at all levels. Your experience and your ability to influence the parties to the conflict in demanding them to return to the peaceful negotiating track will further the prevalence of COVID-19. This will benefit all local and national efforts including initiatives that support women. Our efforts will not be effective and influential unless we have your full support and participation in our appeal.
Yemeni Women “Group of Nine” network for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Photo courtesy: Pulitzer-award winner Maad Alzekri