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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

How the Islamic State Talked Women into Subjugation: New UN Women Report Analyzes the use of gendered messaging by ISIL as a tactic of group governance and control

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cairo, 27 June 2018. The terrorist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) needed men and women to build its state and actively reached out to both to join its “utopian” enterprise. In response, women, like men, travelled from across the world to join ..... More

Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Government of Canada Launch a Flagship Programme to Eliminate Violence Against Women in the West Bank and Gaza

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Ramallah, May 07, 2018 – In an official ceremony today, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the Government of Canada launched a new flagship programme, “ HAYA : Eliminating Violence Against Women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (2018 – 2022)” along with four partner UN agencies, UN Women, UNFPA, UN Habitat, and UNODC. The ceremony took place at the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah, under the patronage of her Excellency Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr.... More

Applications are now open for the Global Award for Women’s Empowerment

Monday, April 30, 2018

The call for applications for the Global Award for Women’s Empowerment opened on 1 April 2018 and will run through 31 August 2018 (GMT+3), under the “Apply now” section on the  www.womenglobalaward.org/en . In 2017 UN Women and the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain announced the Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women’s Empowerment. The award, to be presented every three years, recognizes individuals, organisations, companies and member... More

Youth volunteers in the Arab States region collaborate with UN Women and Sweden to celebrate International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Youth volunteers in the Arab States region collaborate with UN Women and Sweden to celebrate International Women’s Day More

UN Women Releases the First Study Revealing Palestinian Men’s Attitudes toward Gender Equality and Two Campaigns Inviting Men to support Women as Equal Partners in the Home and the Workplace

Sunday, February 25, 2018

What does it mean to be a man in the Middle East and North Africa today? How do Palestinian men and women view masculinities, and men’s roles in public and private life - and where do those attitudes come from? Responding to the lack of concrete data gathered on these issues, UN Women and its partners conducted the first multi-country study in the Middle East and North Africa, to better understand men and women’s perspectives on gender roles. The findings of the Palestinian portion... More

UN WOMEN INAUGURATES ITS FIRST ‘OASIS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS’ IN THE AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Azraq Camp, Jordan . The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) launched its first ‘Oasis for Women and Girls’ in the Azraq refugee camp - a resilience and empowerment center designed to provide secure livelihoods opportunities, protection and civic engagement services to vulnerable Syrian refugee women. Opened in 2014, the camp hosts nearly 34,463 Syrians who have escaped the conflict in Syria. According to UNHCR’s data, 30% of... More

European Union - UN Women partnership bolsters efforts in response to Syrian crisis

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Pursuing joint efforts against Gender-Based Violence, the EU and UN Women today launched a women´s rights and empowerment programme aiming at strengthening the resilience of Syrian women and girls and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. This is the first agreement with UN Women under the EU Regional Trust Fund – “MADAD”. This integrated programme aims to reach 60,000 people in need, predominantly women living in situations characterised by... More

GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT FOOD SECURITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Photo caption1: Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, HE General the Honorary Sir Peter Cosgrove at UN Women Oasis.  Photo credit: UN Women The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), announced AUD 12.5 million in Australian humanitarian aid for Jordan over the next three years. This funding will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, protection services and livelihood... More

UN Women response to naming of a community centre in Burqa village in the occupied West Bank

Friday, May 26, 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the Centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016 More

The UN system in the Arab/MENA Region kicks off International Women’s Day with an eye on Planet 50-50 by 2030

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cairo, 07 March 2017- Despite progress in advancing gender equality globally, women in the Arab region remain underrepresented across all spheres of life, including in the workforce. More

Cairo – Finding Women at Work Should Not be this Hard

Thursday, February 23, 2017

In  preparation  for  International  Women’s  Day,  UN  Women  Egypt  launches  new  print campaign titled “Finding Her” under the umbrella of UN Women’s global campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030-Step it Up for Gender Equality” which calls upon governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. Highlighting women’s... More

Responding to the needs of Women and Girls Subject to Violence: a comprehensive package

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Together with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, UN Women is launching the “Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence” on Thursday, October 19 in the United Arab Emirates. The package has been developed as part of a four-year joint global programme between UNFPA and UN Women, in partnership with WHO, UNDP and UNODC with the goal of providing female survivors of violence better access to a coordinated set of essential and quality services that... More

UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch a partnership

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Naser Haghamed, Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) launching a joint Memorandum of understanding. Photo: UN Women/Chris Herwig.  UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and... More

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