Entornointeligente.com / The war-torn country announced a power-sharing government this weekend, but it excludes women for the first time in 20 years. Yemeni women’s activists denounced the new power-sharing government in Yemen over its omittance of women for the first time in two decades.
In December, a feminist movement launched a campaign on social media titled, “No Women, No Government”, which described this action as an “unfair discrimination against women’s rights to political participation”.
“While we appreciate the formation of the government as a fruit of consensus among Yemeni political powers in the Riyadh agreement, we denounce women's exclusion from the government,” it added in the statement signed by over 70 youth and women’s networks.
The government was sworn in on Saturday with a 24-member cabinet representing major political blocs in Yemen, headed by Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik.
The formation of the government is part of an effort to end a power struggle between the Saudi-backed government of Abdrabbu Mansur Hadi, and the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), both officially in coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis . The rivalry between the two Gulf powers has complicated international efforts to end the Yemen war, which has raged since 2014.
The women’s groups stated that the lack of women in the new cabinet violated the National Dialogue Conference , which convened from 2013 to 2014, and the results of which were to be the basis of the constitution. The signed document put a 30 percent quota for women in government.