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In the words of Ayşegül Özdil: “When you build communication among children of different cultures, the day after you see the effect on their mothers.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Children playing at the SADA Centre with their teacher Ayşegül Özdil. Photo Credit: ASAM Ayşegül Özdil is a kindergarten teacher at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre. Supported by UN Women and funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU “Madad” Fund) and the Government of Japan, the SADA Women-only Centre supports the empowerment of refugee and host community women and their engagement in social activities as... More

In the words of Madina Mousa: “I could not stay idle in the face of hardship, I became a Protection Specialist empowering other Syrian refugee women and girls.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Madina Mousa, Syrian refugee and Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO) in Iraq. Photo: UN Women/ Said Elmobasher Madina Mousa is a Syrian refugee who fled the war in Syria with her family and now lives in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2013. She started her career as a volunteer to help other refugees and is now a Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO). WEO is working in partnership with... More

Ask an Advocate: What does it mean to advocate for gender equality in Jordan?

Monday, March 11, 2019

"Are you committed to taking the stand for Gender Equality?" The question passing through the lips of HeForShe advocates and reverberating throughout the entire Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan is taking the lead in the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality in the Arab region, with over 30,000 commitments collected from men and women.  In 2014, UN Women launched the HeForShe campaign; calling all men and boys to commit to the global movement... More

In the words of Duha Mahdi: “We work to reduce violence against women and girls by providing support services to survivors”

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Duha Mahdi, Project Manager at the Baghdad Women’s Association. Photo: Courtesy of BWA. Duha Mahmood Mahdi works as a Project Manager at the Baghdad Women’s Association (BWA), an organization working in partnership with UN Women on the regional programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey”, funded by the European Union under the Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU MADAD... More

In the words of Rajaa Altalli: “Women are leading efforts to push forward in Syria”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rajaa Altalli was 12 years old when her father was arrested by the Syrian government for being part of a political party. She thought she would never be involved in public life, but as the Syrian revolution erupted, she decided otherwise. Altalli is now a member of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria to ensure that women’s perspectives and leadership is taken into account in the peace process. More

In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website.   The SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre provides livelihood skills and psycho-social support and referral services to refugees like Nur Omar *  and local women in Gaziantep, Turkey. Set-up by UN Women, the Centre helps women like Nur Omar learn new skills and start a brighter future. It is run in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with... More

In the words of Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid: “Women’s lives can change for the better with education”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid, Chairwoman of the Yemeni Women's Union. Photo: UN Women/Areej Alkhawlani Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid has been the Chairwoman of the Yemeni Women's Union (YWU) since 2013. She holds a BA from Aden University in History and a diploma in Political and Social Sciences from Karl Mozim Academy, East Berlin, Germany. Originally from Aden Governorate, Ms. Abdullah is a member of the Yemeni Women’s Pact for Peace and Security (Tawafuq), a network... 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

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

A day in the life of Suaad Allami: The plight of Iraqi women refugees

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women’s rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO “Women for Progress” in 2007, which manages a legal clinic and “one-stop shop” for legislative advocacy, domestic violence counselling, vocational training and other services. She was invited to speak at this year’s Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 28 October, which focuses on displaced women as leaders and survivors. She gives us a glimpse of how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping with displacement. More

Maha Almuneef - Breaking stereotypes, reaching goals

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Maha Almuneef is a 53-year-old mother of three and a Board-certified physician living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia who established the National Family Safety Programme (NFSP), the first specialized institution to address the issue of domestic violence in the country. More

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