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Press Release: UN reports review the impact of displacement on Syrian women in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The voices of Syrian refugee women too often go unheard, contributing to continued gender discrimination and violence. In the spirit of the UN global campaign #HearMeToo, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States sets out to amplify their voices, to hear from them directly on life in displacement. Over the past year, UN Women interviewed more than 1000 Syrian female refugees across Jordan , Lebanon and the Kurdistan Region of... More

From Where I Stand: “My hope is to see FGM eliminated in my lifetime.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Jaha Dukureh, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, at the North Africa Sub-Regional Dialogue on Child Marriage and FGM/C held in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim What motivated me to become an activist to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage is that I myself went through FGM when I was one week old and I was forced to get married at the age of 15. To me, it was important that women like myself led the campaign against FGM, so that we represent our own communities and... More

In the words of Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid: “Women’s lives can change for the better with education”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid, Chairwoman of the Yemeni Women's Union. Photo: UN Women/Areej Alkhawlani Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid has been the Chairwoman of the Yemeni Women's Union (YWU) since 2013. She holds a BA from Aden University in History and a diploma in Political and Social Sciences from Karl Mozim Academy, East Berlin, Germany. Originally from Aden Governorate, Ms. Abdullah is a member of the Yemeni Women’s Pact for Peace and Security (Tawafuq), a network... More

“Finally, I have a chance to regain my dignity… and make decisions for myself.”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Joud at the Jordanian Women’s Union shelter in Amman, Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Lauren Rooney From a young age, Joud Ahmad*, 21, suffered from mental and physical abuse from her father and brother. When she escaped home, she had nowhere to stay and was later put in administrative detention in the Juwaida Jail in the outskirts of Amman. Her case was then referred to the Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU), which transferred her to one of their shelters. The space is supported by UN... More

From Where I stand: “A woman who knows her rights and makes decisions for herself is a woman who can conquer the world.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Houaida Hatan’s commitment to advocate for women’s empowerment and their rights in Jordan was formed at a young age. Utilizing her years of experience as a psychotherapist, she has been providing psychological support services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), at the Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU) hotline. With the generous support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis and the Government of France, UN Women and JWU... More

Take Five: “In order to end violence against women, we need to work first on changing mindsets”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Amira Mahmoud, the manager of “The Reception”, a women’s shelter in Alexandria. Photo: UN Women/Mona Soliman Amira Mahmoud is a law school graduate who works as the manager of a women’s shelter in Alexandria, Egypt. Opened in 2010 under the umbrella of the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity, the shelter offers legal aid and psycho-social support and counselling to women survivors of violence in addition to facilitating access to financial assistance and... More

“Men are not the enemy. We need to work with them.”

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mariam Al-Khodari, Project Coordinator at FE-MALE. Photo: Courtesy of Mariam Al-Khodari. Mariam Al-Khodari is a feminist activist from Lebanon. She’s a project coordinator at FE-MALE, a non-governmental organization working to realize women’s rights and achieve gender equality. Working with UN Women’s Men and Women for Gender Equality program me, the organization has become a hub for gender equality activism and consciousness-raising in Lebanon. Mariam had been... More

Take five: “Ending violence against women and girls in Syria will require building peace, ensuring safety, and changing laws to guarantee adequate protections for vulnerable groups in society.”

Saturday, November 17, 2018

< Soulaima Jabi, women’s rights activist and Chairwoman of the Bedayat Foundation in Syria. Photo: Courtesy of Soulaima Jabi. Soulaima Jabi is the Chairwoman of the Board of the Bedayat Foundation, an NGO working to support displaced and low-income families in Syria. With a background in negotiation and conflict resolution, she has worked with a number of NGOs over the last 20 years. Recently, she has engaged in UN Women-supported advocacy initiatives to ensure Syrian women&rsquo... More

In Lebanon, healing the wounds of violence through theatre

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Through participatory theatre performances using acting and puppetry, women and men in Lebanon are speaking up to claim their rights, with some going on to become community mobilizers. More

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. It aims to honour and further amplify voices, whether a housewife at home, a schoolgirl abused by her teacher, an office secretary, a sportswoman, or a boy who is an intern in a business, bringing them together across locations and sectors in a global movement of solidarity. It is a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put the survivors at the centre of the response." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka More

Community centres at the forefront of protection, prevention and response services to vulnerable women and girls in Jordan

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dunya Khalil* and Basma Hamed* are both survivors of domestic violence. Living in a rural area, with limited livelihood opportunities and confronted with the need to provide for their children, they found protection support and counselling services at the women and girls’ centre in Ajloun operated by the Institute for Family Health and UN Women, with the generous support of the Government of Japan. More

From where I stand: “For the 16 Days of Activism…I am planning to highlight women who are speaking up against harassment”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nesrine Charikhi is a radio reporter from Algiers, the capital of Algeria. In 2017, she took part in a training on gender-sensitive reporting for journalists organized by UN Women in partnership with the Algerian Ministry of Communication. One year later, Charikhi explains how the training has helped her change her way of reporting on violence against women and girls, especially through her radio show, “At the Heart of Society”. More

From where I stand: “I went back to university to pursue my degree in Gender Studies; I am the only male student in the class”

Friday, November 9, 2018

Meet Imad Natour, a Palestinian police officer who specializes in domestic violence cases as part of the Family and Juvenile Protection Unit. The unit, supported by a joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, provides survivors of violence with medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection. The unit is also creating powerful gender equality advocates like Natour within communities. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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