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Press Release: UN Agencies convene panel discussion on understanding the impact of intersectionality on gender equality through a disability lens

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beirut, April 10, 2019 - During the 2019 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, UN Women, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, ESCWA and UNESCO convened a special session on the topic of Leaving No One Behind: Policy approaches to recognise intersectionality and promote inclusivity for women and girls with disabilities in sustainable development . The discussion examined the multi-dimensional nature of inclusivity in relation to gender equality and the principle of “Leave No One Behind” for the... More

Press Release: Significant progress marking an advance for the human rights of Tunisian women

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) warmly welcomes the measures announced by the Head of the Government of Tunisia to support the human rights of women. These measures directly concern the social safety net, public transport for agricultural workers, maternity and paternity leave, and the national observatory to combat violence against women. UN Women's Representative for Tunisia, Ms. Begoña Lasagabaster, stated that “these... More

UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities

Friday, March 22, 2019

After two weeks of intense dialogue, the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) concluded today in New York with a strong commitment by UN Member States to safeguard and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that their design and delivery is transformed to prevent discrimination and create a ‘level playing field’ for women and girls. More

Press Release: As economic uncertainties, exclusionary politics, push-back on civil society, and labour informality rise, UN’s largest meeting on gender equality begins

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spotlight on improving social protection, inadequate public services and gender-blind infrastructure; identifying policy actions critical to propel gender equality and transform women’s lives More

Press Release: Beirut Stock Exchange “Rings the Bell” for Gender Equality

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Beirut, March 7, 2019- On occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8 th ) Lebanon has hosted for the first time a “Ring the Bell” ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. The event was organized under the patronage of H.E. Prime Minister Mr. Saad Hariri, in partnership with the Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the... More

Press Release: Ahead of the Brussels III Conference, the European Union, UN Women and UNFPA call for stronger measures to address the needs of Syrian women and girls

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Government officials and civil society representatives from Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq at the High-level meeting “The Impact of the Syria Crisis and Displacement on Women and Girls” held in Amman, Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Nawras Alawneh 27 February, Amman.- As the international community prepares for the Brussels III Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, the European Union (EU), UN Women and UNFPA organized a joint event that brought together government... More

Press Release: UN Women and Japan partner with Aswan International Film Festival to raise awareness on gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the media industry

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

(Aswan, 20 February 2019) - UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States will partner with the Aswan International Film Festival and the Government of Japan to raise awareness on issues related to gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the media industry. The Aswan Festival is dedicated to promoting the role of women in film. The Festival, which will be held in Aswan, Egypt, between 20 and 26 February 2019, brings together film-makers from across the region and the globe... More

Press release: UN Women and Procter & Gamble announce newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Chief Brand Officer, P&G, Marc Pritchard, Indian Olympic Boxer and 6 time World Amateur Boxing champion, Mary Kom, in a discussion with Shruti Mishra, Anchor, CNBC-TV 18, during a panel on ‘What does it take to see equal?’ at the #WeSeeEqual Summit, co-hosted by P&G and UN Women in Mumbai. Credits: UN Women/ Sarabjeet Dhillon (Mumbai, India)– P&G and UN Women today held the #WeSeeEqual Summit in Mumbai,... More

Press Release: Sweden partners with UN Women and ILO to Promote Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), a long-standing partner of UN Women, announced a significant contribution of 70 million Swedish Krona (USD $7.64 million) to a regional programme on “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine”. The programme seeks to support women to benefit from opportunities for better jobs, security at workplaces, equal access to professional development, social protection for families... More

The African Union Ministers Responsible for Gender and Women’s Affairs Gathered in Cairo to Agree on the African Common Position for the Upcoming 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cairo, 5 February 2019 – Representatives from the African Union (AU) Member States and Civil Society Organizations are convening for the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) taking place 5 and 6 February in Cairo, Egypt. Hosted by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and organized under the auspices of the African Union  Commission (AUC)  in partnership with  the United Nations Entity for... More

Governments and Civil Society Representatives from The Arab States Region Come Together to Prepare for the 63rd Commission on The Status of Women

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Participants in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63 rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Photo: UN Women Representatives from 19 Arab States governments and the international community have gathered from across the region to participate in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) that took place in Cairo, Egypt on 4 February 2019. Held under the auspices of the League of Arab States, with... More

Press release: UN Women urges leaders and advocates to “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The United Nations’ gender equality entity puts spotlight on public services, income security, safe spaces and technology to advance progress for women and girls More

Press Release: Government of Finland, UN Women Renew Partnership to Advance The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in The Arab Region

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UN Women and the Government of Finland will continue their partnership to advance the role of women in the peace and security agenda in the Arab region. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim. Cairo, Egypt . The Government of Finland and UN Women announced today continued support of its ongoing partnership for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) in the Arab region. Through a contribution of EUR 3,900,000, this additional support will oversee and support the effective... More

Press Release: 16 Days of Activism

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Yemen Women Union (YWU) organized an Open Day to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign under the slogan "Inspiring Women for a Better Life and a Happier Family"  #HearMeToo , in cooperation with UN Women Yemen. Speaking at the event, Ms. Fathia Mohammed Abdullah Obaid, Chairwoman of the YWU, noted that in Yemen, the 16 Days Campaign was unfolding in a situation where war is profoundly affecting women’s development efforts and degrading women's... More

Press Release: New Study on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region

Monday, December 10, 2018

Beirut, 10 December 2018 – Many Arab countries have introduced positive legislative reforms that promote gender equality and protect women from violence. Yet guaranteeing equality before the law remains a persistent challenge across the region. This was the consensus of over 150 gender experts, activists; legislators, jurists and government officials, who convened today in the Lebanese capital for the Regional Dialogue on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region. The... More

Press Release: UN reports review the impact of displacement on Syrian women in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The voices of Syrian refugee women too often go unheard, contributing to continued gender discrimination and violence. In the spirit of the UN global campaign #HearMeToo, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States sets out to amplify their voices, to hear from them directly on life in displacement. Over the past year, UN Women interviewed more than 1000 Syrian female refugees across Jordan , Lebanon and the Kurdistan Region of... More

Lessons from the Middle East on the drafting of UN Women, Peace and Security national action plans.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

While the humanitarian crises that followed the Arab uprisings have impacted civilians in affected countries, women are particularly vulnerable and face specific challenges due to historic and structural gender inequalities. In response, Arab governments have increasingly been utilizing the UN Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security framework as a tool to address issues of gender inequality in times of conflict. So far, four countries across the region have developed and adopted... More

Women Research and Studies Center, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development , UNDP and UN Women Unite to Launch First of its Kind Global Initiative in GCC: Women’s Empowerment Principles

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kuwait City, 2 October 2018 - Under the auspices of Her Excellency Mrs. Hind Sabeeh Barak Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, the Women's Research and Studies Center, College of Social Sciences at Kuwait University convened the launch of Women’s Empowerment Principles in Kuwait on 1 October 2018, at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry This initiative was designed to mobilize the Kuwaiti private sector to... More

UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States calls on Iraqi leaders to safeguard women’s leadership positions

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States. Photo: UN Women Iraq. (Baghdad, September 16, 2018)—Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States, called on Iraqi leaders to take practical and decisive steps to ensure that women have access to leadership positions at all levels of government, including at the highest levels, in order to achieve sustainable development and peace. Mr. Naciri spoke at the conclusion of his visit to Iraq, where he... More

Time to recognize Yemeni women’s efforts to bring peace to their war-torn country

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ahead of UN-supported consultations to end the devastating war in Yemen, a new report from UN Women examines the role of women in peace-making in Yemen, Syria and Iraq , reiterating the call for wider participation of women in all efforts to end conflict.  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 indiscriminate armed attacks, a severe cholera outbreak and the looming threat of... More

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