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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

Jordanian Parliament abolishes law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In a historic move, on 3 August, the Parliament of Jordan voted to abolish the infamous “rape law”—article 308 of the Penal Code—which allowed a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying his victim for a minimum period of five years. More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

UN Women, Algeria and Belgium Partner in New Gender Equality Programme

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Caption Text UN Women signs an agreement today, Thursday, in partnership with the Algerian government launching a programme to further gender equality and women’s empowerment in Algeria. The programme, funded by the government of Belgium, focuses on providing capacity building and technical assistance to women election winners on the national and local levels to enhance their influence in the decision-making process. Another area of focus for the programme is the elimination... More

Give mom back her name: #MyMothersNameIs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For men in Egypt and in many other countries in the Middle East, there is a peculiar taboo of not disclosing one's mother’s name in public, lest her name become a subject of shame and ridicule. Over time, she’s only referred to as ‘The mother of her eldest son’. More

Female leaders call for end to AIDS epidemic

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Female leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, meeting in Algiers, Algeria, on 10 and 11 November, called for advancing gender equality, the HIV response and universal access to HIV treatment and prevention in the region. More

In rural Egypt, ID card programme makes inroads

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

During her recent visit to Egypt, the Director of UN Women’s Programme Division, Gülden Türköz-Cosslett, along with the Regional Director for the Arab States, Sameera Al-Tuwaijri, and Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman, handed out national ID cards to Egyptian women in the municipality of Giza to showcase the “Citizenship Initiative” Joint Programme. More

John Hendra urges greater participation of women in all spheres of public life during visit to Palestine

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, John Hendra, undertook a three-day official visit to the UN Women office in Palestine, where he met with members of the Government, civil society, UN agencies and donors to advocate for greater commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. 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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