WCYS 1st Annual Yemen Advocacy Day
Yemen Advocacy Day
The Washington Center for Yemen Studies organized the 1st Annual Yemen Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 14th. This event aimed to effectively gather political and social support within the United States, bringing together grassroots activism and congressional members.
Approximately 100 Yemeni-Americans attended from 13 States around the US. The delegates met with 37 Congressional offices, members, and staff, many of which specialize in Yemeni affairs.
We discussed significant issues in the Yemeni file. These topics included the Safir Tanker removal and proper allocation of resources, civilian prisoner release, landmine removal and accountability, and the call to establish consulate services in Aden to assist Yemenis stranded abroad and expedite their case reviews.
Yemen Advocacy Day was dedicated to raising awareness about the ongoing challenges faced by Yemenis and encourage meaningful action and support on the following issues:
- The urgent need to expedite a solution for the decaying SAFER oil tanker crisis, ensuring that its resources do not fall into the hands of armed factions that pose a threat to the United States and regional stability.
- The pressing requirement for an efficient mechanism to remove landmines in Yemen and the importance of holding violators of international laws accountable.
- The plea for a public call for the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience while emphasizing the crucial distinction between prisoners of war and innocent civilians.
- The need to establish consular services in Aden to address and alleviate the hardships faced by the Yemeni American community while strengthening the bonds between the United States and Yemen.
The primary objective of Yemen Advocacy Day is to drive positive change in Yemen by fostering U.S. elected officials’ relationships with their Yemeni-American constituents to promote U.S.- Yemen mutual interests, foster sustainable development, and strengthen stability in Yemen.
Why You Should Join Us Next Yemen Advocacy Day
1. Developing a Sustainable Future in Yemen
Yemen Advocacy Day Addresses Yemen’s Urgent Challenges and Fostering Partnerships for Progress
In our pursuit of a sustainable future, we acknowledge the urgent challenges that Yemen faces today. Millions of Yemenis suffer from inhumane conditions, including widespread food insecurity, water scarcity, inadequate healthcare, and essential service deficiencies. To address these challenges comprehensively, we are committed to exploring sustainable solutions across multiple sectors, including infrastructure, economy, education, healthcare, security, and the environment.
Your active participation in this inaugural Yemen Advocacy Day is essential in voicing a unified call for urgent action.
2. Engaging in Direct Dialogue
Yemen Advocacy Day Offers In-Person Discussions with Representatives
Yemen Advocacy Day offers an exceptional opportunity for direct dialogue with your State Representatives. Moreover, you will share your insights and stories of U.S. policies’ impact on your experience as a Yemeni American. Amplifying Yemeni voices can raise awareness and promote a more profound understanding among representatives of urgent matters. Additionally, you will have the unique opportunity to explore innovative solutions to the pressing humanitarian crisis and advocate for critical international assistance.
Together with policymakers, we can address the pressing issues that significantly impact Yemen and Yemeni Americans in today’s political landscape.
3. Building Bridges of Activism
Yemen Advocacy Day Unites Passionate Change-Makers
This historic event aims to unite change-makers, fostering unity and collaboration. Your presence and participation will allow you to share experiences, ideas, and enthusiasm with like-minded individuals. Furthermore, you will develop strong connections and find inspiration in our collective dedication to a better future for Yemen and its people. Therefore, we encourage diverse participation from individuals representing their local communities and national organizations.
Jointly we can shape policies that effectively address Yemen’s most critical challenges and contribute to a prosperous future for its people.