Rasha Jarhum

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)

At the Security Council

Rasha Jarhum, Co-Founder and Director of Peace Track Initiative and representative of Women's Solidarity Network, was invited to provide a civil society perspective and recommendations when the Security Council met to discuss the situation in Yemen in November 2018. She also briefed Member States at the March 2021 UN Security Council Open Arria-formula Meeting: Call to Lead by Example: Ensuring the Full, Equal and Meaningful Participation of Women in UN-led Peace Processes. The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security facilitated her statements but she did not speak on behalf of the NGOWG.