Rasha Jarhum is a South Yemeni. Jarhum is Founder and Director of the Peace Track Initiative. She is a Gender, Peace, and Security Expert. She has more than 15 years’ experience working to advocate women’s, children’s and refugees’ rights with many organisations including UNICEF, ESCWA, UNDP, and JICA, in Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa region. She held the position of Regional MENA Gender and Advocacy Manager at Oxfam Regional Gender Justice Programme. Jarhum was invited among seven women by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen to support the peace talks held in Kuwait in 2016. She is an affiliated scholar with the American University of Beirut and an Executive in Residence Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). She is also a 2016 New Voices Aspen fellow at Aspen Institute, USA. Jarhum holds a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham, in International Business Management. Jarhum is an award winner of the Women with Wings Award. She is a member of the Women Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). She is also a founding member of the Women Solidarity Network in Yemen.
"We emphasize that women’s engagement must not be restricted to an advisory role to the mediation effort: women must be meaningfully represented, present at the table, and engaged in decision-making."
(Nour Metwally / WILPF)