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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.

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.

 

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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A statement condemning the "Safer" floating oil tanker

A statement condemning the "Safer" floating oil tanker

A statement condemning the "Safer" floating oil tanker

 

Women4Yemen

 

 

The Women for Yemen Network condemns the intransigence of the Houthi group and its refusal to allow the international team to carry out the necessary maintenance work on the "Safer" floating oil tanker located in its areas of control.


The Network warns of a potential environmental disaster in the event of an oil spill from the reservoir, which could cause long-term damage threatening Yemen and the countries of the region bordering the Red Sea.


The Network also holds the Houthis fully responsible, in accordance with international and humanitarian law, for the consequences of detaining the tanker and using it as a tool for political gain.
We call on the Yemeni government, the international community, and the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths in particular, to put pressure on the Houthi group to allow the international technical team to access the reservoir and take the necessary measures to prevent this dangerous environmental disaster.

COVID-19 Crisis and its Effect on Gender in Yemen

COVID-19 Crisis and its Effect on Gender in Yemen

COVID-19 Crisis and its Effect on Gender in Yemen

 

Women4Yemen

 

 As part of our advocacy campaign supporting the UN Special Envoy's call to end the war in Yemen and respond to COVID-19, the Women4Yemen Network, along with eight other women’s networks in the Group of Nine, hosted a meeting with female activists and specialists in gender to discuss the Special Envoy's initiative and the impact of COVID-19 on gender in Yemen.

Since it is early days, the full effects of COVID-19 on gender in Yemen are still not known and consequently, an early analysis and understanding of its negative consequences will help to alleviate them. This is especially pertinent in a country where women are more likely to be affected by any crisis as a result of being marginalized at all levels and subjected to gender-based violence.


To come up with practical and appropriate outcomes, Women4Yemen network gathered together women working in civil society organizations and initiatives in the field as well as gender specialists and activists participating in policy and decision-making in Yemen. The meeting was facilitated by Kawkab Al-Thaibani, Women4Yemen Network, and the members of the Group of Nine participated in the meeting. The meeting concluded with a list of recommendations to address the economic and health fallouts of COVID-19 on women.

Hadhramaut between the end to military operations and coronavirus response

Hadhramaut between the end to military operations and coronavirus response

Hadhramaut between the end to military operations and coronavirus response

 

Women4Yemen, Yemen

13.06.2020



As part of our advocacy campaign supporting the Special Envoy's call to end the war in Yemen and respond to COVID-19, the Women4Yemen Network, along with eight other women’s networks in the Group of Nine, held a meeting attended by government and civil society elites, including the governor of Hadhramaut, Major General Faraj Salmin al-Bahsani, to shed light on the distinct experience of Hadhramaut province in responding to COVID-19 and the cooperation of the government and civil society organizations. The meeting also shed light on the leadership role of women in these sectors to contribute to peacebuilding since the beginning of the war and during the recent rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The meeting focused on the important factors which made the experience of Hadhramaut distinct in responding to COVID-19. All the participants from different sectors in Hadhramaut governorate noted that the important factors are the diligent efforts of all sectors to build peace and keep the government institutions operating at a certain level during war. Additionally, the local community culture in Hadhramaut, peace among the community, and the Hadhrami women's role in working to achieve peace and respond to crises faster contributed to putting Hadhramaut governorate on top in terms of its response to the crisis.


Facilitator of the meeting and participant:

- Kawkab al-Thaibani, Women4Yemen Network


Meeting participants:


- Fahmi Badaoui, Assistant Deputy Governor for Youth Affairs.
- Khalil Fouad Bamatrif, Deputy Governor for Women Affairs.
- Dr. Abdullah Kaiti, General Manager of the Office of Health and Population, Hadhramaut coast.
- Dr. Abha Abdullah Bawaidan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alamal Women's Sociocultural Foundation.
- Solaf Aboud Al-Hanshi, the President of Rescue Foundation for Development.
- Mohammed Saleh Al-Katheri, the President of Peace and Building Foundation.

Moreover, the meeting was attended by the chief gender expert in the UN office Rawan Ababneh' and members of Group of Nine and concluded with many recommendations.

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