Amat Al Aleem Al Soswa has dedicated her whole professional life to the promotion of democracy, human rights and good governance in her own home country Yemen and in the Arab region in general. Amat is a Yemeni leader, an activist, a feminist and an international diplomat. We talk with her about the future of Yemen, the role that women haveay in this future and why the international community is not recognizing this role, despite all their promises on including women in peace processes.
In 2000, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1325. This resolution recognized for the first time the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. Although this resolution receives broad support from the international community, real progress has not been made. The participation of women in peace processes is still very limited. Also in Yemen.
Amat Al Aleem Al Soswa therefore holds up a mirror to the international community and discusses what really needs to change to make the peace process inclusive for women. How are stereotypes and misconceptions about Yemeni women, still influencing international politics and policymaking? What has she learned from her international and national experience when it comes to bridging different worlds. And what do future leaders, future peace workers and future international policy makers have to do differently when it comes to involving women in the peace processes?
About Amat Al Aleem Al Soswa
- Amat Al Aleem Al Soswa has a long and distinguished record of service in key ministerial, diplomatic, civil and human rights posts in Yemen. After the Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995, she was to assigned to implement the recommendations in Yemen and became the head of the Women’s National Committee (WNC). Subsequently, she was appointed Yemen’s first female ambassador to the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, based in The Hague. In 2003, Al Soswa was appointed as the first female minister for human rights in Yemen. The UN Secretary General appointed her in 2006 as UN Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Program and Director of UNDP / RBAS (Regional Bureau of Arab States). In 2012 she returned to Yemen. In 2018, Al Soswa was invited by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths to join his Yemeni Women’s Advisory Group. She currently works as a consultant for UN organizations and the World Bank. Al Soswa publishes, regularly gives lectures and has received numerous awards.
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