ExpertiseConflict Resolution and Peace-building
Democracy and Political Participation
Peace Negotiations and Mediation
Social Movements & Non-violent Resistance
Women Human Rights Defenders
The War in Yemen Spurs Surprising Challenges to Traditional Gender Roles Women’s Media Centre Jan 4, 2022
What to Expect from the UN’s New Special Envoy for Yemen Asharq Al-Awsat Aug 8, 2021
‘We have a right to be at the table’: four pioneering female peacekeepers TheGuardian.com Oct 29, 2020
Without face-to-face meetings, what does peace building look like during COVID-19? devex.com June 17, 2020
On the frontline of war, Yemeni women are building peace Equal Times April 27, 2020
Rasha Jarhum (@RashaJarhum) is a gender, peace, and security expert from South Yemen. She is co-founder and director of the Peace Track Initiative, hosted at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Rasha has briefed the UN Security Council on Yemen and women’s rights to push for peace. She was one of seven women invited by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen to support the peace talks held in Kuwait in 2016.
She is an affiliated scholar with the American University of Beirut and an alumni of the Executive in Residence fellowship program at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and at New Voices Aspen fellow at the Aspen Institute in 2016.
Rasha has more than 15 years of experience advocating for women’s, children’s and refugees’ rights within several organizations including UNICEF, ESCWA, UNDP, and JICA, in Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa region. She held the position of Regional MENA Gender and Advocacy Manager at Oxfam Regional Gender Justice Programme.
Rasha holds a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham in International Business Management and is a recipient of the Women with Wings Award. She is a member of the Women Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), a founding member of the Women Solidarity Network in Yemen, a coordinator for the MENA1325 Network, and a member of the MENA Regional Coalition of Women Human Rights Defenders.