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Yemeni women leaders call for recognition and support of women-led organizations as part of humanitarian response in Yemen

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yemeni women’s rights leaders call for recognition, support and funding at the event themed, “Yemeni women’s leadership in the peace process, humanitarian space and beyond”, taking place in Geneva on 25 February, in the context of the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. The event was organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations (UN), UN Women, CARE International, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Oxfam International. More

Arab Countries ‘Ring the Bell’ for Gender Equality

Friday, March 8, 2019

Ring the Bell ceremony 2019 in Cairo. Photo: Courtesy of the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Nine stock exchanges across the Arab States region joined the global call to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality”, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (Friday, 8 March). This year’s theme for International Women’s Day ‘ Think equal, build smart, innovate for change ’ served as a background to reflect on the many innovative ways in which the private... More

Women of Al-Hasa grab the wheel to drive the initiative of change for women’s access to transportation and daycare facilities

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Himmitkum Association is a local non-profit organization funded and established by the women of Al-Hasa, a remote area located a two-hour drive South of Amman. Its members have been working to address some of the socio-economic challenges faced by women living in the village, including the lack of local transportation services and daycare facilities. More

Press Release: Supported by Japan, Arab States agree on common priorities to advance women’s empowerment and the elimination of violence against women ahead of CSW63

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Supported by Japan, Arab States agree on common priorities to advance women’s empowerment and the elimination of violence against women ahead of CSW63 More

Press Release: Beirut Stock Exchange “Rings the Bell” for Gender Equality

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Beirut, March 7, 2019- On occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8 th ) Lebanon has hosted for the first time a “Ring the Bell” ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. The event was organized under the patronage of H.E. Prime Minister Mr. Saad Hariri, in partnership with the Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the... More

In the words of Duha Mahdi: “We work to reduce violence against women and girls by providing support services to survivors”

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Duha Mahdi, Project Manager at the Baghdad Women’s Association. Photo: Courtesy of BWA. Duha Mahmood Mahdi works as a Project Manager at the Baghdad Women’s Association (BWA), an organization working in partnership with UN Women on the regional programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey”, funded by the European Union under the Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU MADAD... More

New Arabic language Podcast sheds light upon women’s issues in the Arab States region

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A new Arabic podcast titled “The Invisible Women” is telling the often unknown or ignored stories of women and girls in the Arab States region. The podcast, produced by artist and social entrepreneur Ahmed Ezzat, focuses on women’s issues, struggles and achievements in the region. In an effort to reach out to new online audiences, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States is partnering with “The Invisible Women” to shed light on issues such as women’s... More

From where I stand: “Be strong, don’t give up and unleash your potential.”

Monday, March 4, 2019

Manal Barham, 33, applies make-up on one of her clients in her home-based beauty salon in Hasmi Shamali, East Amman. Photo Credit: UN Women/ Lauren Rooney. Not so long ago I was suffering from severe depression. I had lost all hope after my husband chose to no longer financially support our family, which in turn drove our family into debt. However, it was at this point in my life that my burdens inspired me to take action and pursue an opportunity for work. I realized I could only depend... More

Press Release: Ahead of the Brussels III Conference, the European Union, UN Women and UNFPA call for stronger measures to address the needs of Syrian women and girls

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Government officials and civil society representatives from Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq at the High-level meeting “The Impact of the Syria Crisis and Displacement on Women and Girls” held in Amman, Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Nawras Alawneh 27 February, Amman.- As the international community prepares for the Brussels III Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, the European Union (EU), UN Women and UNFPA organized a joint event that brought together government... More

Understanding Masculinity in Lebanon

Monday, February 25, 2019

Launch of the IMAGES MENA study in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim Conducting ground-breaking gender equality work requires the right information. At the forefront of national-level research in Lebanon has been the local research partner, Connecting Research to Development (CRD). In collaboration with UN Women and Promundo, the organization conducted the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES-MENA) research in Lebanon , the first multi-country study in the... More

Press Release: UN Women and Japan partner with Aswan International Film Festival to raise awareness on gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the media industry

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

(Aswan, 20 February 2019) - UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States will partner with the Aswan International Film Festival and the Government of Japan to raise awareness on issues related to gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the media industry. The Aswan Festival is dedicated to promoting the role of women in film. The Festival, which will be held in Aswan, Egypt, between 20 and 26 February 2019, brings together film-makers from across the region and the globe... More

In the words of Rajaa Altalli: “Women are leading efforts to push forward in Syria”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rajaa Altalli was 12 years old when her father was arrested by the Syrian government for being part of a political party. She thought she would never be involved in public life, but as the Syrian revolution erupted, she decided otherwise. Altalli is now a member of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria to ensure that women’s perspectives and leadership is taken into account in the peace process. More

Press release: UN Women and Procter & Gamble announce newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Chief Brand Officer, P&G, Marc Pritchard, Indian Olympic Boxer and 6 time World Amateur Boxing champion, Mary Kom, in a discussion with Shruti Mishra, Anchor, CNBC-TV 18, during a panel on ‘What does it take to see equal?’ at the #WeSeeEqual Summit, co-hosted by P&G and UN Women in Mumbai. Credits: UN Women/ Sarabjeet Dhillon (Mumbai, India)– P&G and UN Women today held the #WeSeeEqual Summit in Mumbai,... More

Press Release: Sweden partners with UN Women and ILO to Promote Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), a long-standing partner of UN Women, announced a significant contribution of 70 million Swedish Krona (USD $7.64 million) to a regional programme on “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine”. The programme seeks to support women to benefit from opportunities for better jobs, security at workplaces, equal access to professional development, social protection for families... More

#Ismaani – A Hashtag for Women from the Arab States

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence , the United Nations Regional Gender Theme Group in the Arab States region launched #Ismaani, the Arabic language version of #HearMeToo, which was the official global hashtag for the 2018 16 days campaign, spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres. The purpose of #Ismaani is to galvanise women and men from the region to shine a spotlight on cases of sexual harassment and abuse and call for... More

The African Union Ministers Responsible for Gender and Women’s Affairs Gathered in Cairo to Agree on the African Common Position for the Upcoming 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cairo, 5 February 2019 – Representatives from the African Union (AU) Member States and Civil Society Organizations are convening for the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) taking place 5 and 6 February in Cairo, Egypt. Hosted by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and organized under the auspices of the African Union  Commission (AUC)  in partnership with  the United Nations Entity for... More

The African Union Calls Representatives from Its Member States to Prepare for the 63rd Commission on The Status of Women

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Over 300 representatives from the African Union Member States came together to participate in the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) held in Cairo, Egypt, on 5 February 2019. Convened under the auspices of the African Union with the support of UN Women, the objective of the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting was to draw on the expertise of high-level representatives from governments in the region... More

Take action to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mary Oloiparuni was 13 when she was mutilated. Restrained in a doorway early one morning in her home, she was cut, bled profusely and experienced agonizing pain. The scarring she endured then continues to cause her pain today, 19 years later. It has made giving birth to each of her five children an excruciating and harrowing experience. Mary is not alone. At least 200 million girls and women alive today have had their genitals mutilated – suffering one of the most inhuman acts of... More

Governments and Civil Society Representatives from The Arab States Region Come Together to Prepare for the 63rd Commission on The Status of Women

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Participants in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63 rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Photo: UN Women Representatives from 19 Arab States governments and the international community have gathered from across the region to participate in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) that took place in Cairo, Egypt on 4 February 2019. Held under the auspices of the League of Arab States, with... More

Case study (number two) on the Regional Programme Men and Women for Gender Equality, implemented by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, funded by Sida

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

There have been significant advances for gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region although much more remains to be achieved. Gender discriminatory laws and policies are still in place in many countries and men frequently control political and leadership spaces and to a large extent the daily lives of women and girls. Religion provides many men and women in the MENA region with a moral and ethical framework, and rules on how to live a good live. However, gender... More

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