November 21, 2016
The Security Council is expected to consider the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Yemen. The Council should inquire about women’s participation in conflict resolution processes, as well as efforts to protect women, including women human rights defenders and civil society leaders. The Council must ensure that all peace and security processes are inclusive of civil society, including women’s groups. The Council should also specifically request the UN Special Envoy meet with women civil society representatives that reflect the diversity of Yemen’s population, including ethnic, geographical and political affiliation, in all efforts to forge a political resolution to the crisis and establish inclusive institutions and peacebuilding processes. Any efforts to resolve the Yemen crisis, including those by the Arab coalition, must also protect and promote women’s rights, ensure women’s full participation, and integrate a gender perspective in its process and outcome. The Council should also call for investigations on violations of human rights, including increasing rates of SGBV, and ensure accountability for all perpetrators. In addition, all efforts to address the humanitarian situation must be gender sensitive and responsive to women’s differentiated experiences, including as heads of households, during conflict and post-conflict situations.