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