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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

Take Five: “Men have to believe in women’s ability to make a difference in society”

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dr. Moudi Abdul Aziz AlHumoud (PhD) is a women’s rights advocate from Kuwait. She is one of the first women to hold ministerial positions in her country, first as Minister of State for Housing and Planning and later as Minister for Education and Higher Education. She has also served as President of the Arab Open University and Dean of the College of Administration at Kuwait University. Dr. AlHumoud participated in the Annual Conference on Women and Leadership organized by the Women’s... More

Women set examples for peacebuilding in Yemen

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Some of Yemen’s most effective peacemakers are women. For many, this may come as a surprise: Yemen’s ongoing conflict and longstanding context of gender inequality do not immediately seem like conditions that would create women peacemakers. But in communities across Yemen, women are playing a critical role in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and strengthening social cohesion. UN Women Yemen, working with Nahj Consulting and Comra Films, presents the stories of four courageous... 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

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

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

UN Women and Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs Join Forces for the Benefit of Lebanese Women

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Aiming at showcasing future humanitarian projects to be implemented in Lebanon in 2017-2018, and seeking out mechanisms to execute its various phases, UN Women and the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs held a technical and coordination meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 18 th, 2017. The purpose of the projects funded by several donors including Japan Government, Ford Foundation and UN Human Security Fund, is to create an environment in which every woman and girl exercises her human rights... More

Arab men figures join #HeForShe campaign to advocate for gender equality

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Men figures from all over the Arab world, as partners in journey, responsibility, and life are gathered in a video campaign by UN Women, Regional Office for Arab States, in partnership with HeForShe to engage men as agents of change to achieve women empowerment and gender equality. More

Building peace in the Arab region, women’s groups spotlight progress and challenges

Friday, March 18, 2016

Caption Text Three of the world’s worst humanitarian crises  in the world are in the Arab Region. Five of the region's countries -Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Palestine- are going through open or protracted conflicts. Many more countries are dealing with the consequences of these conflicts with a constant influx of refugees and an alarming rise of violent extremism. Amid the chaos, women are struggling, not only to cope with their new, conflict-ridden lives, but also... More

International Women’s Day: calls for greater representation in decision-making as Iraqi women continue to suffer from the crisis

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

UN Women, in partnership with the Women Parliamentary Committee, organized a high-level event today at the Council of Representatives (Parliament) in Baghdad to mark International Women’s Day. More

Voices of women survivors of violence: Alaa’s “wedding”

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Two years after her marriage at 15, Alaa already has a little girl and a husband and a baby on the way. They live together in a small caravan in the Zaatri Refugee Camp in Jordan, where she can’t fit a bed. More

Voices of women survivors of violence: Mona's "purification".

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pinned to the floor, her arms bound from behind and her legs forced open, the 10 year old Mona looked on in horror as an old wrinkled woman approached with a small razor in her hand. Today, more than thirty years later, Mona still remembers everything from the sound of her own screams to the pain she felt when she was circumcised. They did not call it Female Genital Mutilation when they told Mona she was about to have it. They told her a woman was going to come over to “purify”... More

Silence Is NOT Acceptance, a regional campaign to support women survivors of violence:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

6 in every 10 women survivors of violence stay silent rather than seek protection or assistance. The remaining four who do speak up look to family and friends for support. In many Arab communities, women survivors of violence are stigmatized for reporting certain forms or certain perpetrators of violence (spouses and family members). In such a context, even when shelters are available for the protection of women and when laws are in place to punish perpetrators of violence against them,... More

Budgets respond to the needs of women in Morocco

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The needs of women and girls are increasingly being reflected in how governments spend in Morocco and a new organic law of finance passed in January 2014 by the Council of Government has cemented gender throughout the budgeting process. More

Hope runs deep, rebuilding confidence among Syrian women refugees

Thursday, February 27, 2014

UN Women’s Executive Director visited UN Women’s Oasis, a safe space for women to seek support and skills training in Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp. More

In Jordan, women travel off the beaten path to new professions

Thursday, September 26, 2013

On World Tourism Day, a look at how Jordan’s tourism industry is making inroads in equal opportunity employment through UN Women’s Gender Equity Seal. More

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