Rasha Jarhum

Governance | Yemen

2016 New Voices Fellow


Ms. Rasha Jarhum is co-founder and Director of the Peace Track Initiative. She was appointed as a member of the National Consultations and Reconciliation Commission formed to support the Presidential Leadership Council in April 2022 in Yemen. She was selected among Apolitical list of 100 most influential people on gender policy for 2021. She is a Gender, Peace, and Security Expert with more than 20 years’ experience working to advocate women’s, children, and refugees rights with many organizations including Oxfam, UNICEF, ESCWA, and UNDP. Jarhum was invited among seven women by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen to support the peace talks held in Kuwait in 2016 and has briefed the UN Security Council on Yemen and Women’s Rights to push for peace. Jarhum also participated in the intra-Yemeni talks organized by the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2022. Jarhum holds a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham, in International Business Management. Jarhum is an award winner of the Women Have Wings Award (2016) awarded by Tides Foundation and Women Rebels Against War: Anita Augspurg Prize (2019) awarded by the Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She is a 2016 New Voices Aspen fellow at Aspen Institute, USA, and former alumni of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). She is also a founding member of the Women Solidarity Network in Yemen, a member of the MENA regional Coalition of Women Human Rights Defenders, member of the Women, Peace and Security Network- Canada, and the Women Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL).