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Breaking the Cycle of Gender- Based Violence in Palestine

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Two prevention group members in Jerusalem discussing societal restrictions on males and females as part of the youth-parent workshop held in Anata. Photo Credit: PCC The results of the 2017 UN Women and Promundo-supported International Men and Gender Equality Survey ( IMAGES-MENA ) Survey conducted in the State of Palestine demonstrated that “65 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women reported experiencing one or more of twelve forms of occupation-related violence within the... More

Take Five: “Violence and instability constrain Iraqi women and girls to traditional roles, limiting their access to employment and education”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Eman Abd Alrahman, Head of the Women Leadership Institute. Photo: Courtesy of WLI. Eman Abd Alrahman is a lawyer from Iraq and the Head of the Women Leadership Institute (WLI), a prominent women’s rights organization, working to provide protection services for women survivors of violence in the context of the European Union-UN Women Regional Programme Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey supported by the EU’s... More

Dar El-Ifta works to end harmful practices against women

Monday, April 1, 2019

Heba Salah, one of Dar El-Ifta's spokesperson. Photo Credits: Media outreach center, Egypt's Dar El-Ifta In addition to its policy work with governments, UN Women supports civil society efforts to develop and implement awareness-raising campaigns on a full range of issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women, including child marriage, female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C). These activities also aim to promote the positive engagement of men and boys as advocates... More

Egyptian Men Stand Up for Gender Equality—In homes and on the streets

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Training “Development through Art - Interactive Theater” held with men and women in Qalyubiya, Egypt. Photo: Courtesy of CARE International Egypt. Egypt faces profound gender inequalities , including harassment and gender-based violence. In five of Egypt’s governorates, the UN Women “ Men and Women for Gender Equality ” regional programme, in partnership with CARE International and Sida, is working with local communities and authorities to address the... More

Resolving Community Conflict in Lebanon: Supporting Women to Lead

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Originally published on United Nations Lebanon website. Training on mediation and conflict resolution for women in Abbassiyeh, South Lebanon. Photo: Courtesy of UNIFIL. On a cold, rainy day in February around a dozen women who have been working at the community level to resolve conflict gathered from Tyre and neighboring Qana in South Lebanon to begin their first training on conflict management and prevention. The energy in the room was unrivaled and unaffected by the blustery weather.... More

Empowering Women and Girls to End Violence against Women in Central Morocco

Monday, March 25, 2019

Oumaima Al Alyani, a young football player supported by the Kholoud Association. Photo: UN Women/ Younes El Moumine. A small group of women and men in Youssoufia, a region in central Morocco, is working hard to end violence against women and the gender norms that victimize women and girls. Hanane Satour is a native of Youssoufia, and a co-founder of the Kholoud Association for Development, Education and Communication (“Kholoud Association”), which works in cooperation with... More

Men and women campaign together for nationality rights in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Participants in a focus group for the nationality campaign. Photo Credit: Karima Chebbo In Lebanon, national laws do not allow Lebanese women to pass their nationality to their husbands and children. As a result, thousands of children are born and raised in the country but have no Lebanese citizenship, and can face multiple challenges, including obstacles to keeping families together. To address this, the Collective for Research and Training on Development (CRTDA), a Beirut-based... More

Masculinities in the West Bank

Thursday, March 14, 2019

During a community event organized by UN Women. Photo Credit: Sharek Youth Forum With the late September light filtering over the stone building of the University of Bethlehem campus, several dozen people milled around a series of large-print photographs erected in the courtyard. The photos, of men from the local community in the West Bank, attracted the interest of student and staff alike, as they depict men in a way not often seen in this community: playing with children, cooking and... More

She Innovates: From Southern Italy to Southern Lebanon, a merging of food, culture and women’s empowerment

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Woman making marmalades. Photo courtesy of the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development and Family Empowerment / Houda Farfour The world is changing. Addressing complex and highly interconnected human development challenges requires exploring innovative approaches and joining efforts with non-traditional actors. As part of its 2017-2019 grant cycle, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) launched “Re-Think. Experiment”, a social innovation initiative aiming... More

Religious leaders promote gender equality in Southern Egypt

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Religious leaders during a gathering to discuss about the project and its aims. Photo: Courtesy of CARE International Egypt In rural southern Egypt, gender roles and stereotypes are often conservative. However, UN Women in partnership with CARE International in Egypt and with the support of Sida, is leading a coalition of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are engaging with men to create a more equal society through the regional programme “Engaging Men and Women for Gender... More

Kuwait celebrates International Women’s Day 2019 with Ring the Bell ceremony at Kuwait Stock Exchange

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Participants Ring the Bell to celebrate IWD 2019 at Kuwait Stock Exchange. Photo credit: UNDP Boursa Kuwait marked International Women’s Day for the second year in the row with a “Ring the Bell” ceremony to promote awareness of the role the private sector can play to support achievement of women’s economic empowerment. This event took place in the context of efforts by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) and the... More

Yemeni women leaders call for recognition and support of women-led organizations as part of humanitarian response in Yemen

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yemeni women’s rights leaders call for recognition, support and funding at the event themed, “Yemeni women’s leadership in the peace process, humanitarian space and beyond”, taking place in Geneva on 25 February, in the context of the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. The event was organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations (UN), UN Women, CARE International, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Oxfam International. More

Arab Countries ‘Ring the Bell’ for Gender Equality

Friday, March 8, 2019

Ring the Bell ceremony 2019 in Cairo. Photo: Courtesy of the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Nine stock exchanges across the Arab States region joined the global call to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality”, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (Friday, 8 March). This year’s theme for International Women’s Day ‘ Think equal, build smart, innovate for change ’ served as a background to reflect on the many innovative ways in which the private... More

Press Release: Supported by Japan, Arab States agree on common priorities to advance women’s empowerment and the elimination of violence against women ahead of CSW63

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Supported by Japan, Arab States agree on common priorities to advance women’s empowerment and the elimination of violence against women ahead of CSW63 More

New Arabic language Podcast sheds light upon women’s issues in the Arab States region

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A new Arabic podcast titled “The Invisible Women” is telling the often unknown or ignored stories of women and girls in the Arab States region. The podcast, produced by artist and social entrepreneur Ahmed Ezzat, focuses on women’s issues, struggles and achievements in the region. In an effort to reach out to new online audiences, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States is partnering with “The Invisible Women” to shed light on issues such as women’s... More

Understanding Masculinity in Lebanon

Monday, February 25, 2019

Launch of the IMAGES MENA study in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim Conducting ground-breaking gender equality work requires the right information. At the forefront of national-level research in Lebanon has been the local research partner, Connecting Research to Development (CRD). In collaboration with UN Women and Promundo, the organization conducted the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES-MENA) research in Lebanon , the first multi-country study in the... More

#Ismaani – A Hashtag for Women from the Arab States

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence , the United Nations Regional Gender Theme Group in the Arab States region launched #Ismaani, the Arabic language version of #HearMeToo, which was the official global hashtag for the 2018 16 days campaign, spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres. The purpose of #Ismaani is to galvanise women and men from the region to shine a spotlight on cases of sexual harassment and abuse and call for... More

The African Union Calls Representatives from Its Member States to Prepare for the 63rd Commission on The Status of Women

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Over 300 representatives from the African Union Member States came together to participate in the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) held in Cairo, Egypt, on 5 February 2019. Convened under the auspices of the African Union with the support of UN Women, the objective of the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting was to draw on the expertise of high-level representatives from governments in the region... More

Acclaimed star Yousra lends her voice to raise awareness about women living with HIV in the Arab States region.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

On the occasion of the 2018 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in the Arab States region, acclaimed star and UNAIDS Regional Goodwill Ambassador Yousra joined a kick-off ceremony organized by the League of Arab States and the Regional United Nations Gender Theme Group in Cairo, Egypt. At the event, Yousra raised her voice against the stigma and discrimination affecting people and particularly women living with HIV/AIDS in the Arab States region.  Yousra also spoke to... More

Breaking Gender Stereotypes in Saida’s Old City

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Activities with young children on gender socialization. Photo Credit: Mohammad Chaafati Amid the narrow, winding rust-colored stone streets of the old city of Saida, on southern Lebanon’s coast, change is afoot. Here in the core of this major Lebanese city, where Palestinian refugees and Lebanese locals live together as one community, prevailing tightly-controlled gender roles and attitudes are being challenged with the help of Abnaa Saida El Balad, a youth-focused NGO in the city... More

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