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Case study (number one) 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

Adnan, a Lebanese father supporting gender equality. From a documentary film produced under the Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme. Photo credit: UN Women/Axeer Production 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... More

Acclaimed star Yousra lends her voice to raise awareness about women living with HIV in the Arab States region.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

On the occasion of the 2018 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in the Arab States region, acclaimed star and UNAIDS Regional Goodwill Ambassador Yousra joined a kick-off ceremony organized by the League of Arab States and the Regional United Nations Gender Theme Group in Cairo, Egypt. At the event, Yousra raised her voice against the stigma and discrimination affecting people and particularly women living with HIV/AIDS in the Arab States region.  Yousra also spoke to... More

Launching Implementation of Jordan National Action Plan (Jonap) on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, A Regional Conference

Monday, February 4, 2019

When: Wednesday, 6 February, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Thursday, 7 February, 10.00am – 3.30pm.   Where: King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan Held under the esteemed patronage of the Prime Minister of Jordan, H.E. Dr. Omar Razzaz, the Government of Jordan - in partnership with UN Women and with the generous support of the Governments of the Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain, and United Kingdom – is convening a regional conference to discuss critical issues... More

Breaking Gender Stereotypes in Saida’s Old City

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Activities with young children on gender socialization. Photo Credit: Mohammad Chaafati Amid the narrow, winding rust-colored stone streets of the old city of Saida, on southern Lebanon’s coast, change is afoot. Here in the core of this major Lebanese city, where Palestinian refugees and Lebanese locals live together as one community, prevailing tightly-controlled gender roles and attitudes are being challenged with the help of Abnaa Saida El Balad, a youth-focused NGO in the city... More

Press release: UN Women urges leaders and advocates to “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The United Nations’ gender equality entity puts spotlight on public services, income security, safe spaces and technology to advance progress for women and girls More

Press Release: Government of Finland, UN Women Renew Partnership to Advance The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in The Arab Region

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UN Women and the Government of Finland will continue their partnership to advance the role of women in the peace and security agenda in the Arab region. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim. Cairo, Egypt . The Government of Finland and UN Women announced today continued support of its ongoing partnership for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) in the Arab region. Through a contribution of EUR 3,900,000, this additional support will oversee and support the effective... More

Challenging gender stereotypes through sport in Egypt

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Cairo SheWolves is one of the first all-women American football teams in Egypt. Photo: Courtesy of the Cairo Wolves. Gender norms and stereotypes prevail throughout Egypt, even in its bustling capital Cairo. It’s here that a novel project, an all-women American football team— is challenging gender norms in sport. Speaking to UN Women about the Cairo SheWolves, Ziad Gaafar Mohammed, coach of the women’s American football team in Cairo’s Dokki and Mohandeseen... More

In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website.   The SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre provides livelihood skills and psycho-social support and referral services to refugees like Nur Omar *  and local women in Gaziantep, Turkey. Set-up by UN Women, the Centre helps women like Nur Omar learn new skills and start a brighter future. It is run in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with... More

From where I stand: “Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household’s income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to a profitable entrepreneur. More

North Africa Dialogue on Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Participants of the North Africa Dialogue on Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim Currently, more than 200 million girls and women worldwide have experienced Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and more than 650 million women were married as children. These harmful practices are rooted in unequal gender norms and practices and are grave violations of fundamental human rights. In the MENA region, one in five girls is married before the... More

Engaging girls and boys to achieve gender equality in Northern Morocco

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Training on gender equality conducted by the Association Mhashass Pour le Développement Humain at a high school in Larache province, Morocco. Photo: Courtesy of Association Mhashass. In northern Morocco, certain areas of Larache province experience severe social problems such as poverty, drug use, and widespread and entrenched gender discrimination. The situation in these neighborhoods might be bleak were it not for the efforts of local organizations like Association Mhashass Pour... More

Youth mark ‘International Migrants Day’ in Cairo

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Audience members watched the short film “Deal” as part of the IOM Global Migration Film Festival. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim In the lead up to the 2018 International Migrants Day, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Egypt organized the screening of the short film “Deal” as part of IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival in Cairo. Marked each year on 18 December, International... More

Reclaiming gender equality in Islam

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sarah Marsso, Knowledge Building Coordinator at Musawah. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim A number of restrictive laws in the Arab States region exacerbate challenges to the promotion and protection of women’s fundamental human rights. In response to this situation, Musawah , a women’s organization working to support equality and justice in Muslim families, is pushing back against the ways in which religion is sometimes misused to justify discrimination against women. The group is... More

Press Release: 16 Days of Activism

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Yemen Women Union (YWU) organized an Open Day to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign under the slogan "Inspiring Women for a Better Life and a Happier Family"  #HearMeToo , in cooperation with UN Women Yemen. Speaking at the event, Ms. Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid, Chairwoman of the YWU, noted that in Yemen, the 16 Days Campaign was unfolding in a situation where war is profoundly affecting women’s development efforts and degrading women's... More

Press Release: New Study on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region

Monday, December 10, 2018

Beirut, 10 December 2018 – Many Arab countries have introduced positive legislative reforms that promote gender equality and protect women from violence. Yet guaranteeing equality before the law remains a persistent challenge across the region. This was the consensus of over 150 gender experts, activists; legislators, jurists and government officials, who convened today in the Lebanese capital for the Regional Dialogue on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region. The... More

Dialogue on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Beirut - Guaranteeing equality before the law, full access to justice, and protection from violence for all women and girls are key to achieving gender equality in the Arab States region. Without such guarantees, no country will be able to realize the grand promise of prosperity, peace and sustainability enshrined in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development . Based on this premise, the recently completed study on Gender Justice & the Law provides a comprehensive assessment of laws and... More

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign kicks off with regional event convened by the League of Arab States and the UN

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Group picture at the regional launch of the 16 Days of Activism held at the League of Arab States on 25 November 2018. On 25 November, the League of Arab States (LAS) and the United Nations Regional Gender Theme Group (R-GTG) launched the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, renewing a shared commitment and strong partnership to support survivors of violence in the Arab States region. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against... More

Gender and displacement: What’s it like to be a female Syrian refugee in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Syrian female refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq face increased discrimination, inequality and risks of violence and exploitation exacerbated by shifting gender roles and responsibilities in displacement. Through interviews with over 500 hundred Syrian female refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, UN Women’s new report Unpacking gendered realities in displacement: the status of Syrian refugee women in Iraq examines how displacement has affected Syrian female refugees in... More

Gender and Displacement: What’s it like to be a Syrian female refugee in Lebanon

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Like their male counterparts, female refugees in Lebanon are struggling to meet even their most basic needs. But their challenges are aggravated by entrenched gender inequalities and norms. A new report by UN Women Unpacking gendered realities in displacement: the status of Syrian refugee women in Lebanon examines how gender-based discrimination constrains Syrian female refugees’ options, access, and opportunities and increase their vulnerability to food insecurity, poverty, violence... More

Gender and displacement: What’s it like to be a Syrian female refugee in Jordan?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Actual and preconceived threats against Syrian female refugees in Jordan are further constraining their movement and increasing their isolation and access to aid. UN Women’s new report Unpacking gendered realities in displacement: the status of Syrian refugee women in Jordan examines how gender-based discrimination interplays with displacement, poverty and instability, increasing refugee Syrian women’s risks to violence and physical isolation in Jordan. The study also seeks to... More

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