Yemen: Women Map the Road to Peace
Yemeni women were visibly present and incredibly active in the uprisings that swept across the country since 2011, but since then they have been missing from the discussions on how to solve the conflict within the country.
In a country that historically ranks at the bottom of the Global Gender Gap Index, it is no surprise that any efforts towards closing the gender gap have become even more challenging. With the escalation of violence in 2014, the already dire situation in Yemen further deteriorated resulting in a grave impact on women who are disproportionately affected by the use of explosive weapons, indiscriminate shelling and mine explosions.
Working behind the scenes
Since the conflict broke out in Yemen, and despite security challenges, displacement, and increasing multifaceted patterns of violence inflicted upon them, Yemeni women have devised new kinds of communal and inclusive resistance to tyranny and militarised environments.
Behind the scenes, then they are at the forefront of humanitarian response. They mitigate the impacts of war by being involved in local mediation efforts, creating peacebuilding initiatives, and sustaining their communities and families.
Advocating for a localised, inclusive and sustainable feminist peace process
WILPF is supporting its Yemeni partner organisations and the Yemeni women’s movement more broadly in ensuring that the gaps between official political processes and the grassroots are bridged, and that the experiences and recommendations of women are reflected in the different tracks of the ongoing peace process. Ensuring this creates a stronger basis for a more localised, inclusive and sustainable feminist peace process and transition through greater involvement at the negotiating table, in talks and agreements for Yemeni women.
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