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From Where I Stand: We’re working for women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dina Harake is the  Executive Director  of the UN Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL) . Alongside UN Women, the GCNL is partnering with The Blessing Foundation to support the initiative SheMinLebnen which supports women in Lebanon who are skilled in handcrafts to access opportunities to further refine those skills and provides a platform to market their products in Lebanon and internationally. **** “I am aware that women in Lebanon face many difficulties and that we need... More

Syrian women come together to create a common framework for their movement

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Beirut. - On June 25 – 26, June 2018, almost 200 Syrian women leaders met in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss ways to safeguard and advance women’s rights in Syria, as part of a conference titled, “Toward a Framework for the Syrian Women Movement”. The conference was grounded on UN Women’s ongoing advocacy and coalition-building work with Syrian women leaders and activists. Despite their significant differences and diverse backgrounds across political, ideological... More

Take five: “Roller derby and sport, in general, is empowering for women”.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Noha Eid is a member of The CaiRollers, an all-female roller derby team in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: UN Women/Yasmin Labidi Noha Eïd is a member of The CaiRollers, the first and only roller derby league in Egypt. She works full time for an advertisement agency and is committed to her career, but still finds time to play roller derby. She tells us about what practicing a sport has brought to her life, why she is passionate about it and why she encourages women and girls to invest... More

In the words of Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani: “Yemeni women and girls are the ones truly paying the price of war”

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani has worked at UN Women Yemen as a Programme Associate since 2017. Prior to joining UN Women, she was part of the Yemen Parliamentarians Against Corruption Organization (YemenPAC) and worked for the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. In 2014, when the war in Yemen broke out she had started her Master’s degree. With insecurity across the city, the deterioration of the general situation and the departure of a number of professors, she had to interrupt her... More

Press Release: UN Women and CARE International launch exhibition showcasing positive fatherhood in Lebanon

Sunday, July 1, 2018

(Beirut, Lebanon) – On 21 June, the launch of the photography exhibition ‘Through My Father’s Eyes’, organized by CARE International and UN Women, brought together professional and amateur photographers from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, to mark Fathers’ Day. The exhibition, which will be on display until 30 June when it will start touring around Lebanon, showcases inspiring photographs that capture positive images of fatherhood, with each picture revealing a... More

Arab States Participation at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

New York –During the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a side event was convened to discuss masculinities and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the Japan Society in New York. More

How the Islamic State Talked Women into Subjugation: New UN Women Report Analyzes the use of gendered messaging by ISIL as a tactic of group governance and control

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cairo, 27 June 2018. The terrorist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) needed men and women to build its state and actively reached out to both to join its “utopian” enterprise. In response, women, like men, travelled from across the world to join ..... More

Access to housing, inability to speak in Turkish and employment are the biggest challenges for Syrian women in Turkey, finds new report

Thursday, June 21, 2018

UN Women announces the results of a comprehensive needs assessment of Syrian women and girls under temporary protection status in Turkey. The assessment uncovers significant gaps in Syrian women’s empowerment and puts forth recommendations to shift gears. Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website. Refugee women who crossed Western Balkans from Turkey. Photo: UN Women / Mirjana Nedeva On 21 June, UN Women launched the needs assessment of Syrian... More

Women are Paving the Way Toward Peace in Iraq, Syria and Yemen

Thursday, June 21, 2018

On 19 June, women peace activists with diverse political and social backgrounds from Iraq, Syria and Yemen, along with international experts, convened a three-day meeting in Beirut to share experiences and determination to have their say on how to bring a lasting peace to their respective countries. Organized by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, with the support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and in partnership with the Inclusive Peace and... More

In the words of Retibe Bilal: “Life is beautiful. Resist, set a goal and never stop!”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Retibe Bilal is a Syrian refugee who has lived in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2013. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre, which provides livelihood skills and psycho-social services to refugee and local women in Gaziantep, helped her build her self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself.  Established and managed by UN Women, the SADA Women-only Centre is run in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Association for... More

Photo Essay: One woman’s journey to find hope in Turkey, after escaping Syria

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Menal Suleyman, at the age of thirty, is a mother of three, a widow, and a refugee from Syria. Fleeing the violence in Syria, Suleyman has found a new life, and hope, in Turkey, assisted by the “SADA Women-only Centre”, a UN Women-led project in Gaziantep. Suleyman left Syria with her three children in November 2016, after her husband died and the conflict reached her hometown, Latakia. She arrived in Izmir, a city on Turkey's western coast, hoping to find a boat that would take... More

CSW62: UN Women, Promundo and Sida convene a side event “Understanding masculinities and gender equality and the Middle East and North Africa”

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

New York –During the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a side event was convened to discuss masculinities and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the Japan Society in New York. More

New initiative launched in Lebanon for rural women skilled in handicrafts

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The newly created initiative SheMinLebnen, supported by The Blessing Foundation in partnership with UN Women and the UN Global Compact, aims to support rural women skilled in handicrafts to develop their expertise, create products and then sell them in Lebanon and to the world through an online platform. More

From where I stand: “Women should have a strong presence and participation in all activities in Syria”

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Zozan Alloush, Syrian activist. Photo: UN Women/Diego De La Rosa Born in the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria, Zozan Alloush is a feminist activist who has worked and contributed to the establishment of numerous entities dedicated to gender equality and women's empowerment, such as the Syrian Women's Initiative and the Syrian Women Peacemakers. She has also worked as a broadcaster and presenter for Rohani TV and other media outlets. Currently, Ms. Alloush is the co-chair of the Development... More

Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists. More

In the words of Rouba Mhaissen: “Syrian women should have a central role in all facets of the conflict”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dr. Rouba Mhaissen, Syrian activist, is the founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid.  Photo: UN Women/Diego De La Rosa   Dr. Rouba Mhaissen is a Syrian-Lebanese economist, activist, and professional. She is the Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid, a civil society organization that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Sawa Foundation UK, that supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Mhaissen, was one of the panelists at a... More

Take five: “Women pay the highest price in the Syrian conflict”

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lina Sinjab is a Syrian journalist who has covered the conflict in Syria for BBC and other media outlets since 2011. She served as the moderator of a dialogue between Syrian women and policy-makers , held on the sidelines of the EU-UN conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” organized in Brussels last month. Ms. Sinjab spoke to UN Women about her views on the role of Syrian women in the conflict and the construction of peace. As a woman and as a... More

Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Government of Canada Launch a Flagship Programme to Eliminate Violence Against Women in the West Bank and Gaza

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ramallah, May 07, 2018 – In an official ceremony today, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the Government of Canada launched a new flagship programme, “ HAYA : Eliminating Violence Against Women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (2018 – 2022)” along with four partner UN agencies, UN Women, UNFPA, UN Habitat, and UNODC. The ceremony took place at the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah, under the patronage of her Excellency Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr.... More

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The UN in partnership with the Government of Iraq and with the generous support from the UK and the Canadian Embassy launched the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) in Iraq. Details are outlined in the call for proposals. WPHF Call for Proposals - 2018.03.29 donor comments Secretariat responses Annex 1 WPHF Call for Proposals - 2018.03.29 donor comments Secretariat responses - Arabic Annex 1 - Arabic More

From where I stand: Daouya Feriel Achir

Friday, May 4, 2018

This 24-year-old young woman, a sociology graduate, is passionate about photo journalism and video making. She produced “The Adventures of El- Makhlouqa ” during the visual arts residence organized by UN Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and the Algerian Agency for Cultural Radiance (Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel), between February 15 and 24, 2018. This residency represented a new experience for her and turned her usual rules upside down.... More

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