Statement of the Association of Abductees’ Mothers Commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25, 2023, coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In light of the escalating intensity of violence, conflicts, and crises, there are numerous negative consequences. This, in turn, has led to a loss of security, resulting in a heightened incidence of human rights violations. These violations include violence against women such as arbitrary killings, unlawful arrests, forced disappearances, displacement, and house raids based on suspicion, often without adherence to proper protocols. Additionally, this encompasses the restrictions imposed on Yemeni women, limiting their freedom of movement, including the recently enforced “mahram policy” by the Houthi armed group.

The Association of Abductees’ Mothers documented 140 women who fell victim to abduction and various violations. Mothers and female relatives of the abductees continue to face violations at prison gates during visits to their detained loved ones. Moreover, the majority of women in Yemen endure verbal abuse, extortion, and detainment at checkpoints during their movements, with five women outside the bounds of legal proceedings while in prison.

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Association of Abductees’ Mothers sheds light on the challenges women face in confronting violence and oppression. They firmly believe that gender-based violence remains a global challenge requiring collective cooperation from all members of society to halt it.

The Association calls on all concerned parties to join efforts against violence towards women, ensuring the provision of necessary protection and support for every woman. Recognizing that the well-being and empowerment of women are fundamental to building healthy and flourishing communities, the Association emphasizes its commitment to:

– Supporting victims and providing psychological and material support for women experiencing all forms of violence.

– Strengthening legislation to protect women’s rights, penalizing violators, and enhancing the justice system to facilitate women’s access to it.

– Supporting efforts by organizations working against violence towards women.

– Involving women working in the legal and political fields in United Nations organizations.

– Ceasing the exploitation of women through deception, intimidation, and using them as pawns in wars.

Issued by the Association of Abductees’ Mothers

Saturday, November 25, 2023