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Yemeni women continue to bear the brunt of the war


To mark International Women’s Day 2023, the European Institute of Peace notes the plight of Yemeni women and children as highlighted in a recent statement by the Institute’s affiliate in Yemen, the Southern Women for Peace Group (SWfPG). The Yemeni conflict has entered its eighth year and despite positive signs of ongoing talks between the parties and a reduction of hostilities Yemeni women, children, and vulnerable individuals continue to bear the brunt of the results of the war and the overall deterioration of humanitarian, economic, and political conditions in the country. It is particularly alarming that women activists and politicians are consistently being singled out and discriminated against on the basis of their gender. The Institute’s Southern Dialogue Process in Yemen works in support of an inclusive and sustainable peace in Yemen and places the participation of women in local and national political processes and peacebuilding at the core of its activities.

The Southern Women for Peace Group is a coalition of women leaders and activists that was founded in 2017 with support by the Institute. It brings together women from Aden and all southern Yemeni governorates in the pursuit of peace. It continues to work together with the the Institute within the framework of the Southern Dialogue Process in promoting the inclusion of women in southern Yemeni political processes and the integration of their views in the UN-led peace process.

You can find the statement in Arabic here.