Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Yemen (April 2020) The Security Council’s discussions on the situation in Yemen have historically failed to reflect important gender dimensions of the situation, despite multiple meetings of the Security Council IEG on WPS (S/2017/627, S/2017/1040, S/2019/253) and briefings by civil society in 2017, 2018 and 2019. It is essential that Council members emphasize the importance of women’s meaningful participation in any discussion regarding the current peace process, and ensure the 30% quota as a matter of urgency. Women’s human rights and peacebuilding groups are critical to developing a strategic understanding and enabling action on the complex root causes of the conflict. It is critical that women’s CSOs, including grassroots organizations, be part of all Track 1, 1.5 and 2 peace processes and that women’s inclusion in the peace process not be limited to the Technical Advisory Group. Council members should request updates on the Office of the Special Envoy’s (OSE) engagement with these groups and further hear from women civil society leaders at future country-specific briefings. Finally, with the emergence of COVID-19 in the region, concerns over the already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen and fragile health infrastructure in the country are increasing. Currently, 19.7 million individuals in Yemen need health assistance, and only 50% of healthcare facilities are fully functional across the country; given its current state, it is unlikely that the healthcare system will be able to withstand the forthcoming crisis (OCHA). Member States should, therefore, assist Yemen in responding to the pandemic by providing gender-sensitive financial and technical support.