Rasha Jarhum

Director, Yemen Peace Track Initiative

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Yemen
Based in Ottawa

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.

In April 2022, Rasha was appointed member of the Consultation and Reconciliation Commission supporting the Yemen Presidential Leadership Council. 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.