The Women Solidarity Network regrets the reversal of the decision issued by the Taiz Governorate Police Director on January 30th 2023, regarding the appointment of 5 women with police ranks in leadership positions in a number of police stations in the city of Taiz and limiting the appointments to departments of women and children only.
Although the departments of women, children and family protection are no less important, standardizing the work of female security leaders, limiting their work to traditional roles is not enough to empower them to work in all aspects of security.
Members of the Women Solidarity Network have been involved in a number of initiatives that supported women's meaningful participation by presenting a database of qualified women expertise, including women in security to support and empower their involvement within the Security Committee and security sectors across Yemen. A proposal for a mechanism to involve women at all levels was also extended through Yemeni women expertise database, which is found using this link:
Nevertheless, the status of women's representation still does not live up to women's aspirations, does not meet the minimum level of representation, contradicts the references that govern the political stage, and contradicts the national plan for women, peace and security.
The reversal of these decisions came as a great shock, especially since it came after appointments that limit women to family care. In the governorates of Aden and Hadramout, women's participation in the areas of state building was restricted, with efforts by some persons and authorities seeking to diminish the appointment of women and their participation in the decision-making or the peace process.
The Women Solidarity Network (which includes more than 300 women led organizations, women leaders and expertise), deplores this decline in the role of women in Yemen, especially in the past nine years of war and recommends the following: