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Dialogue on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Beirut - Guaranteeing equality before the law, full access to justice, and protection from violence for all women and girls are key to achieving gender equality in the Arab States region. Without such guarantees, no country will be able to realize the grand promise of prosperity, peace and sustainability enshrined in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development . Based on this premise, the recently completed study on Gender Justice & the Law provides a comprehensive assessment of laws and... More

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign kicks off with regional event convened by the League of Arab States and the UN

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Group picture at the regional launch of the 16 Days of Activism held at the League of Arab States on 25 November 2018. On 25 November, the League of Arab States (LAS) and the United Nations Regional Gender Theme Group (R-GTG) launched the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, renewing a shared commitment and strong partnership to support survivors of violence in the Arab States region. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against... More

Gender and Displacement: What’s it like to be a Syrian female refugee in Lebanon

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Like their male counterparts, female refugees in Lebanon are struggling to meet even their most basic needs. But their challenges are aggravated by entrenched gender inequalities and norms. A new report by UN Women Unpacking gendered realities in displacement: the status of Syrian refugee women in Lebanon examines how gender-based discrimination constrains Syrian female refugees’ options, access, and opportunities and increase their vulnerability to food insecurity, poverty, violence... More

Gender and displacement: What’s it like to be a female Syrian refugee in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Syrian female refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq face increased discrimination, inequality and risks of violence and exploitation exacerbated by shifting gender roles and responsibilities in displacement. Through interviews with over 500 hundred Syrian female refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, UN Women’s new report Unpacking gendered realities in displacement: the status of Syrian refugee women in Iraq examines how displacement has affected Syrian female refugees in... More

Gender and displacement: What’s it like to be a Syrian female refugee in Jordan?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Actual and preconceived threats against Syrian female refugees in Jordan are further constraining their movement and increasing their isolation and access to aid. UN Women’s new report Unpacking gendered realities in displacement: the status of Syrian refugee women in Jordan examines how gender-based discrimination interplays with displacement, poverty and instability, increasing refugee Syrian women’s risks to violence and physical isolation in Jordan. The study also seeks to... 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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