Youth launch Call to Action to end violence against women in the Arab States

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Participants of the Regional Youth Workshop on ending Violence against Women. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim

44 youth activists representing 14 countries in the Arab States region attended the first-ever Regional Youth Workshop on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States held in Beirut, Lebanon on 27 March 2019.

Co-convened by UN Women and UNFPA regional offices for the Arab States, with the generous support of the Government of Japan, the workshop brought together youth from across the region to discuss key priorities and identify challenges in addressing violence against women in the Arab States.

The regional workshop provided youth with a space to discuss and identify entry points for their engagement in addressing violence against women and develop the Youth Call to Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States, which stipulates regional priorities, recommendations and responsibilities to address violence against women.

The Call to Action focuses on a set of priorities and strategies to address violence against women and girls and can be used as a resource to raise awareness on, and advocate for, gender equality and women’s empowerment by youth networks and organizations in the Arab States, and to guide the development of programmes and initiatives to end violence against women and girls in the region. Benefitting from the insights and aspirations of the youth participants to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) by the year 2030, the Call to Action provides a set of recommendations to explore, address, and develop available policy and legislative frameworks, coordination and knowledge management, attitudes and behaviors for social change, and access to services by women and girls’ survivors of violence.

Read the Call to Action (AR | EN).

Meet some of the participants: 

Hayat Mirshad (Lebanon)

- Amani Aruri (Palestine)

- Marwa Azelmat (Morocco)

- Aisha Altubuly (Libya)