Amman, Jordan – A three-day workshop tackling urgent issues for Yemeni women in the peace process concluded on September 20, with participants identifying political, social, economic, and security priorities that should be reflected and represented in future peace talks.
The workshop, “Voices Absent from the Peace Process: Challenges, Solutions, and Implementation Mechanisms”, was held in Amman, Jordan, and organized by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Arab Reform Initiative, with funding from the European Union.
Thirteen Yemeni women, representing different political, economic, and social backgrounds, participated in the workshop, during which they presented their views on factors behind the lack of women’s representation in the current peace process and their visions for peace in Yemen. The discussions came as part of the Supporting Arab Women at the Table (SAWT) program, which aims to increase women’s meaningful inclusion in political and peace processes in the MENA region.
Attendees at workshop sessions included UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg, representatives of diplomatic missions in Yemen, and the European Union mission, during which outcomes of the workshop were discussed and a question and answer session was held.
Majed Al-Madhaji, the Sana’a Center Executive Director, said that the workshop aimed to redesign the path to peace in Yemen according to the priorities and perspectives of Yemeni women, and compensate for the tragic lack of women in the current peace process by holding extensive and in-depth discussions and ensuring outcomes are incorporated into future initiatives.
The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is an independent think tank that seeks to foster change through knowledge production with a focus on Yemen and the surrounding region. The Arab Reform Initiative is an independent think tank working with expert partners in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond to articulate a home-grown agenda for democratic change and social justice.