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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

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

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

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

Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections. The dramatic increase in women members is the result of a 2016 electoral law that includes the principles of parity and alternation between men and women on candidate lists for all elections. More

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan

Sunday, August 19, 2018

1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq. More

For women in Gaza, having their own income is key to changing power dynamics at home

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Hayat Business Incubator (Food Incubator) initiative for women survivors of violence, supported by UN Women and funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), is piloting a comprehensive model for addressing violence against women by providing skills training and income-generating opportunities to five women who are survivors of domestic violence, while also providing them with essential services, such as psychosocial support and social workers who assist them in accessing legal aid. 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

Statement: UN Women in Egypt congratulates the National Council for Women on the approval of the new law regulating the council

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In line with the national efforts to advance the status of Egyptian women, UN Women in Egypt congratulated the President of the National Council for Women on the approval of the law passed by the Egyptian Parliament on 15 April concerning regulating the work of the council. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director inaugurates programme office in Bahrain during the 16 Days of Activism

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

During the 16 Days of Activism, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka undertook her first visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. More

Standing up for survivors in the Shari’a court every day: Ayah al-Wakil is determined to leave no woman behind

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ayah al-Wakil is a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip. Going to the Shari'a court every day to file cases on behalf of survivors of violence has been her morning routine since 2015. In November 2015, she was selected as one of the four female lawyers for a training with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, supported by the UN Women/UNDP joint programme, to defend women's rights at the Shari'a court. More

UN Women and ESCWA launch project to estimate the cost of violence against women in the Arab Region

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This week in Beirut, UN Women and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia launched a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy. More

In Palestine’s first One Stop Centre, women survivors of violence feel safe, protected and empowered

Monday, August 28, 2017

The One Stop Centre that was recently set up in Ramallah as part of a joint UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF programme, is one of a kind. The 24-hour facility provides various services that survivors of violence need—medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection—all under one roof. Since April 2017, it has already served more than 400 women and juvenile survivors. More

Historic day for women in Lebanon as Parliament repeals rape law

Friday, August 18, 2017

On the heels of Jordan and Tunisia scrapping discriminatory rape laws, the Lebanese Parliament agreed on 16 August, to abolish the Penal Code Article 522, the infamous “rape law” or “rape-marriage” law, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married his victim. More

Jordanian Parliament abolishes law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In a historic move, on 3 August, the Parliament of Jordan voted to abolish the infamous “rape law”—article 308 of the Penal Code—which allowed a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying his victim for a minimum period of five years. More

UN Women meets with Women Leaders and Civil Society Organizations in Baghdad

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

UN Women meets with Women Leaders and Civil Society Organizations in Baghdad More

From where I stand: “Women have to be at the heart of the Africa of tomorrow”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she took part in the High-Level Women Leaders’ Forum for Africa’s Transformation and the launch of the African Women Leaders’ Network. More

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