Member of Parliament for the Cities of London & Westminster, Nickie Aiken, today highlighted the Civil War in Yemen in the House of Commons.
She asked the Minister of State for North Africa and the Middle East James Cleverly about the Civil War in Yemen.
Yemen has been described as one of the worst places in the world to be a woman and has for 13 consecutive years been ranked last in the World Economic Forum global gender gap index.
With the situation continuing to deteriorate for both men and women, and with famine, human rights abuses and the use of sexual violence commonplace, what assurance can my right hon. Friend give me that the UK Government are doing all they can to work with all the parties involved to bring this dreadful civil war to an end, support victims of sexual violence, and allow the country to rebuild and recover in peace?
Minister James Cleverly MP responded,
I thank my hon. Friend for the point that she has raised. When I made a virtual visit to Yemen, I was able to speak to Yemeni midwives and medical professionals. Their reports of the situation, particularly for women, were horrific.
On a personal level, I found it very difficult to deal with, which is part of the reason why I and the UK Government are so committed to being a leading player in the pursuit of peace in Yemen. The conflict brings a particular horror to the lives of women that we want to address and to alleviate, but the best way of doing so is to bring about a meaningful and lasting peace. As I said in response to the hon. Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion), I will do what I can to ensure that the voices of women are at the heart of those peace negotiations and beyond.
You can find out more about Nickie's work as the Member of Parliament for the Cities of London & Westminster at www.nickieaiken.org.uk