American Center for Justice (ACJ) congratulates the women and people around the world on International Women’s Day, corresponding to March 8, which is the anniversary of recalling women’s rights, taking all measures to combat all kinds of discrimination against women, adopting a global approach that would eliminate social and political oppression against them, and removing whatever the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their aspirations in science, knowledge and social status.
This year’s International Women’s Day comes while Yemen in particular, and the Middle East region in general, is in difficult and tragic complex conditions, in which societies suffer from wars, conflicts and crises that cause deep human tragedies. Unfortunately, the greatest burden falls on the women who face these situations with heavy burdens as they are forced to deal with heavy responsibilities, in addition to their exposure to serious violations more than the violations they are subjected to in normal conditions and during periods of stability and peace.
In Yemen, women are subjected to various types of violations, ranging from domestic violence to societal contempt while millions of women live in difficult living conditions, suffering conditions of displacement and flight from war, and the consequent suffering in camps that lack the most basic requirements for a decent life. What is worse than this is the systematic violations practiced by the Houthi group, including the issuance of extrajudicial executions, kidnapping, enforced disappearance and humiliation. Moreover, these violations amounted to rape, exploitation and sexual extortion inside and outside detention centers, as well as discrediting them and pushing their families to abandon and disown them.
American Center for Justice (ACJ) believes that the anniversary of the International Women’s Day is a good occasion to remind the governments around the world and the various bodies of the international community of all the laws and instruments that affirm the rights of women as a full human being without discrimination or inferiority. These are the laws, treaties and charters that guarantee women a decent life, enable them to enjoy their full rights, and require societies to develop means to respect and protect them.
ACJ reminds societies and governments of the world of all the treaties and charters guaranteeing the rights of women, primarily the United Nations Convention to Combat All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of 1979, United Nations Resolution No. (1325) on the involvement of women in the process of building peace and security for societies, and the Geneva Conventions of 1949, the Nairobi Conference, the Women’s Summit in Beijing, China, under the auspices of the United Nations, and the Social Summit in Copenhagen.
American Center for Justice, which celebrates International Women’s Day, looks forward to bringing peace to the region, and this necessarily requires stopping all violations that affect women, empowering them with their freedom, providing a decent and happy life, eliminating all causes and justifications for marginalization and exclusion, and protecting them from All kinds of family, community, political and military violence, and ending all discourses of discrimination, incitement and terrorism against them.
The Center calls for the need for all parties and political and social forces in Yemen and the region to pay attention to the suffering of women, to activate all tools and means to enable them to participate in public life and to allow them to contribute to deciding the fate of their countries and political participation in all activities seeking to achieve peace and stability, and to listen to their voices in this regard.
The Center recalls the suffering of Yemeni women in the face of the war, and the resulting practices and violations that affect individuals in general and women in particular. On this occasion, ACJ refers to the Abductees’ Mothers Association as one of the most important signs of the struggle and defense of human rights, and their great role in supporting the kidnapped and the disappeared, in addition to their mothers and their female relatives, calling for an active contribution to supporting this Association and their legitimate demands for the release of the abductees and disclosure of the fate of the disappeared and putting an end to all violations committed against them.
Issued by American Center for Justice (ACJ)
March 8, 2022