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In the words of Hajer Sharief: “Peacebuilding is not only about stopping violence, it is also about the prevention of violence”

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hajer Sharief is the co-founder of the organization “Together We Build it”, which aims to promote a peaceful democratic transition in Libya, inclusive of women and youth. More

UN Women highlights gender dimension in the first ever Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Tunis. Photo: Association of Environmental and Sustainable Development of ILLIZI. The first ever Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was convened between 9-13 October 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia, organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the League of Arab States and the African Union Commission, and hosted by the Government of Tunisia. The dialogue brought together about 900 participants... More

Unleashing the Potential of African Youth to Achieve the 2030 Agenda

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Participants of the African Youth Conference 2018. The Africa Youth Conference, under the theme “ Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa – Prioritizing Investment in Youth Development in the post 2015 Agenda”, took place in Nairobi, Kenya between October 23-25. Organized and sponsored by UN Women, UNDP, UN Environment, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, and other partners, the conference offered a regional platform to 300+ young people and key stakeholders to share ideas and... More

Training on public speaking to empower Kuwaiti Women

Monday, November 5, 2018

Public Speaking Training for Women Leaders in Kuwait. Photo: WRSC A practical workshop on public speaking was conducted within the framework of the 8 th Annual Conference on Women and Leadership convened between October 22 and 25 in Kuwait City. The training is part of a 2-year project to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Kuwait, implemented by the Women’s Research and Studies Center (WRSC) at Kuwait... More

Take Five: “Men have to believe in women’s ability to make a difference in society”

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dr. Moudi Abdul Aziz AlHumoud (PhD) is a women’s rights advocate from Kuwait. She is one of the first women to hold ministerial positions in her country, first as Minister of State for Housing and Planning and later as Minister for Education and Higher Education. She has also served as President of the Arab Open University and Dean of the College of Administration at Kuwait University. Dr. AlHumoud participated in the Annual Conference on Women and Leadership organized by the Women’s... More

Kuwaiti companies get ready to empower women

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Workshop on Women’s Empowerment Principles with members of the private sector at Kuwait University. Photo: UNDP Kuwait Twenty-five representatives of ten leading private sector entities attended the first training of its kind conducted in Kuwait to introduce local companies to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). The training was organized by the Women’s Research and Studies Centre (WRSC) of Kuwait University, in partnership with the General Secretariat of the... More

Kuwaiti women trained in campaign management and leadership skills

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Training on campaign management and leadership skills in Kuwait. Photo: WRSC A group of Kuwaiti women including government officials, members of the private sector, civil society representatives and entrepreneurs joined a workshop on political campaign management and leadership skills held within the framework of the 8 th Annual Conference on Women and Leadership convened by the Kuwait University Women’s Research and Studies Centre (WRSC) between October 22 -25 in Kuwait City. The... More

In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”

Friday, October 19, 2018

Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights activist, Ms. Gilly Khailany was one of the key parliamentarians who legislated the 25 per cent quota for women in Iraqi provincial councils. More

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. More

Women’s contribution to ICTs highlighted during Digital Inclusion Week

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

HerStory Editathon on Women’s Digital Inclusion. Photo Credits: UN Women/ Emad Karim Cairo.- “Whether you are a regular user or a software developer using computers or the internet, you have a woman to thank for creating this technology,” said Emad Karim, Advocacy, Youth and Innovation Specialist at UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States, at the Digital Inclusion Week event, 23-28 September 2018 organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural... More

In the words of Balsam Al Ayoub: “Our primary goal is always to educate, using sport as a tool to empower women and girls”

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Balsam Al Ayoub is an international fencing competitor who has represented her home country of Kuwait at numerous international events . Following her retirement from international fencing competition, she co-founded Balsam International to promote girls’ and women’s participation in sport, culture and community inclusion programmes. Ms. Al Ayoub supported the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles in Kuwait , held earlier this month, under the auspices of Her Excellency... More

Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka warmly welcomes the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. More

Take five: Working to achieve SDG 5 in Kuwait

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dr. Lubna AlKazi graduated from the University of Texas with a Ph.D. in Demography and Sociology. She is an Associate Professor at Kuwait University in the Sociology Department. As the founder and director of the Women’s Research and Studies Center (WRSC), she is working with the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), UN Women and UNDP to support Kuwait to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5): Achieve gender... More

Lessons from the Middle East on the drafting of UN Women, Peace and Security national action plans.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

While the humanitarian crises that followed the Arab uprisings have impacted civilians in affected countries, women are particularly vulnerable and face specific challenges due to historic and structural gender inequalities. In response, Arab governments have increasingly been utilizing the UN Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security framework as a tool to address issues of gender inequality in times of conflict. So far, four countries across the region have developed and adopted... More

Women Research and Studies Center, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development , UNDP and UN Women Unite to Launch First of its Kind Global Initiative in GCC: Women’s Empowerment Principles

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kuwait City, 2 October 2018 - Under the auspices of Her Excellency Mrs. Hind Sabeeh Barak Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, the Women's Research and Studies Center, College of Social Sciences at Kuwait University convened the launch of Women’s Empowerment Principles in Kuwait on 1 October 2018, at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry This initiative was designed to mobilize the Kuwaiti private sector to... More

Take Five: “We should all aim to eliminate violence against women and girls”

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ms. Kurdo Omar is the head of the General Directorate of Combating Violence against Women (DCVAW) at the Ministry of the Interior in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. DCVAW is currently working with UN Women under the regional programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey”—implemented by UN Women and the European Union under the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis... More

Take Five: “Enhancing women’s economic situation would trigger a ripple effect”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ghadeer Khuffash, CEO of Jordan Education for Employment. Photo Courtesy of EFE-Jordan. Ghadeer Khuffash is a women’s rights activist with years of experience in education, vocational training and workforce development. She is now the CEO of Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE), a non-profit organization with a presence across the Middle East and North Africa that trains youth, places them in jobs in the private sector and provides micro-entrepreneurship training. JEFE is... More

Women set examples for peacebuilding in Yemen

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Some of Yemen’s most effective peacemakers are women. For many, this may come as a surprise: Yemen’s ongoing conflict and longstanding context of gender inequality do not immediately seem like conditions that would create women peacemakers. But in communities across Yemen, women are playing a critical role in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and strengthening social cohesion. UN Women Yemen, working with Nahj Consulting and Comra Films, presents the stories of four courageous... More

UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States calls on Iraqi leaders to safeguard women’s leadership positions

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States. Photo: UN Women Iraq. (Baghdad, September 16, 2018)—Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States, called on Iraqi leaders to take practical and decisive steps to ensure that women have access to leadership positions at all levels of government, including at the highest levels, in order to achieve sustainable development and peace. Mr. Naciri spoke at the conclusion of his visit to Iraq, where he... More

United Nations Human Rights Council event discusses masculinities in the MENA Region

Thursday, September 13, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva and Promundo, convened a side event on masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region during the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The event explored perceptions and realities of masculinities in the region, as documented through the findings of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) MENA, conducted by... More

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