November 21, 2016
The Security Council is expected to consider the deteriorating security situation in Yemen. The Council should inquire about women’s participation in conflict resolution, national dialogue processes, and elections, as well as efforts to protect women, including women human rights defenders and civil society leaders. The Council should also ensure that all peace and security processes are inclusive of civil society, including women’s organizations. To establish inclusive institutions and peacebuilding processes, any effort to resolve the Yemen crisis, including those by the Arab coalition, must 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 and ensure accountability for all perpetrators. In addition, the Council should ensure all efforts to address the dire humanitarian situation are gender sensitive and responsive to women’s differentiated experiences during conflict and post-conflict situations.