Rasha Jarhum

Founder and Director, The Peace Track Initiative

Rasha Jarhum is a South Yemeni and founder and director of The Peace Track Initiative. Jarhum is a gender, peace, and security expert. She has more than 15 years of experience advocating for women’s, children’s, and refugees’ rights in Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa region with organizations including UNICEF, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, the U.N. Development Program, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. She has served as the regional MENA gender and advocacy manager at Oxfam’s Regional Gender Justice Program. Jarhum was invited among seven women by the U.N. special envoy to Yemen to support peace talks in Kuwait in 2016. She is an affiliated scholar with the American University of Beirut and an executive in residence fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is also a 2016 New Voices Aspen fellow at the Aspen Institute. Jarhum holds a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham in international business management. Jarhum is an award winner of the Women with Wings Award. She is a member of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership. She is also a founding member of the Women Solidarity Network in Yemen.