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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

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

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

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

Supporting women and girls to foster greater human security in Tripoli

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Women trained in food processing received their certificates in a ceremony recently organized under the “Shankal” Project in Tripoli, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/Ramzi Haidar Tripoli, Lebanon’s second biggest city, has witnessed significant fighting in its recent history, impacting on the local population’s enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms, and in particular on the rights and freedoms of women and girls. Women play an essential role in maintaining peace and... More

Syrian women’s peace efforts: Crucial yet unrecognized

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New report by UN Women looks at how women in the region influence and shape local processes for conflict and dispute resolution. While the Syrian crisis did not stem from a movement for women’s empowerment, women organized and led marches, and were highly visible in media and advocacy efforts. They also participated in local coordination committees and groups that engaged with international news outlets to raise awareness about the situation in Syria abroad. However, the... More

Women brokering peace in Iraq

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New report by UN Women looks at how women in the region influence and shape local processes for conflict and dispute resolution. War, sectarian politics and corruption have dramatically weakened the Iraqi state institutions. Scarcity of resources, weak service provision and the near-absence of protective institutions are driving conflicts at community level. Faced with these challenges, Iraqi women are working to resolve conflicts within their communities. Two such women are Razan and... More

Time to recognize Yemeni women’s efforts to bring peace to their war-torn country

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ahead of UN-supported consultations to end the devastating war in Yemen, a new report from UN Women examines the role of women in peace-making in Yemen, Syria and Iraq , reiterating the call for wider participation of women in all efforts to end conflict.  Yemen has been locked in a devastating conflict that has killed or injured almost 60,000 people and displaced 3 million more. Yemeni civilians are facing indiscriminate armed attacks, a severe cholera outbreak and the looming threat of... More

Yemeni women using tribal systems to resolve conflict

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New report by UN Women looks at how women in the region influence and shape local processes for conflict and dispute resolution. Yemen has been locked in a devastating conflict that has killed or injured almost 60,000 people and displaced 3 million more. Yemeni civilians are facing a dire humanitarian situation compounded by a severe cholera outbreak. The situation of Yemeni women is exacerbated by gender dynamics and gender-based violence. Yet despite grave risks, Yemeni women are... More

Land rights at last for Sulaliyyate women in Morocco

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After 10 years of advocacy, ethnic Sulaliyyate women of Morocco finally have equal land rights. On 23 July, a State-run lottery distributed some 860 plots of land equally among men and women, as part of ongoing efforts to privatize land throughout the country. More

Men in Lebanon explore positive fatherhood through photo exhibition

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A group of men from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon participated in the photo exhibition ‘Through My Father’s Eyes’ , organized by CARE International and UN Women, aimed at showcasing stories of positive fatherhood. The exhibition followed a project conducted in Beirut and Tripoli to engage men in promoting positive models of fatherhood, as part of the UN Women regional programme ‘Men and Women for Gender Equality’ funded by the Swedish International Development... More

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