Helena Gronberg, Program Director, ICAN’s Better Peace Initiative (BPI)
Ellie Geranmayeh, Deputy Director, ECFR MENA programme
After six years of conflict, culminating in what the UN has labelled the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, the new Biden administration has vowed to redouble US support to the political process in Yemen. But despite recent momentum, securing peace in Yemen is going to be immensely challenging and the humanitarian situation looks set to worsen this year. This event considered how women peace-builders in Yemen are providing essential gender-responsive humanitarian and peacemaking support, including by helping broker negotiations on the ground, while also advocating for human rights, the release of detainees and ceasefires. The discussion explored why and how these efforts should be included in the UN-led political process in Yemen.