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The impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality in the Arab Region

Sunday, April 5, 2020

In light of these projections, UN Women, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and partner United Nations agencies have prepared proposals on formulating consistent policies and programmes for the short and long term, as part of an urgent regional response to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women. For this response to be effective, it must take into consideration the social prejudices and gender norms that discriminate against women in the public and private spheres in the Arab region.

COVID-19 and Gender: Immediate Recommendations for Planning and Response in Jordan

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Developed jointly by the Jordanian National Commission for Women and UN Women, this document outlines an initial set of recommendations for integrating gender in the COVID-19 planning and response. The recommendations address four main issues; Access to information and health services, Protection, safety and security, Response planning and coordination structures and Economic impact.

Women’s Needs and Gender Equality in Lebanon’s COVID-19 Response

Monday, March 23, 2020

Women’s and girls’ immediate and long-term needs must be addressed and integrated into Lebanon’s response, in order to both ensure women’s access to services and human rights, and to enable women to equally continue to contribute to shaping the response. Based on lessons learned from other epidemics, namely Ebola and Zika virus, this paper outlines gender issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak and response in Lebanon. A checklist for both immediate and longer-term...

How to Incorporate Women and Gender Equality in the Management of the Crisis Response

Monday, March 23, 2020

Crisis management or emergency situations such as COVID-19 can have serious impacts on the lives of women and girls, if gender dimensions are not considered. Issues such as care work, economic autonomy, physical or sexual violence, women's participation in decision-making, disaggregation of data by sex, gender analysis, and irregular migration are just some of the areas of concern that must be part of an effective response to the health crisis that the world is going through right now.

COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement

Pursuing Equality in Rights and Representation – Women’s experiences Running for Parliament in Lebanon’s 2018 Elections

Monday, February 24, 2020

In late 2018 and early 2019 UN Women interviewed 87 per cent of the women who ran for Parliamentary election (75 of the 86 women; of the 113 women who registered to run, 86 made it on to candidate lists).This report summarizes their stories and experiences as candidates.

Women and Young People in Peace Processes: Synergies and Cross-learning

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

UN Women’s Regional Office for the Arab States, in collaboration with UN Women Country Offices in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, organized a two-day meeting Women and Young People in Peace Processes: Synergies and Cross-learning, funded by the Government of Germany. The meeting was held in Beirut, Lebanon and sought to provide a space for inter-generational dialogue between women and young people from countries affected by the conflict in the MENA region, to exchange strategies that have been utilized to mitigate conflict, to broker dialogue and influence track 1 peace processes in the region. Through this exchange and dialogue, the meeting sought to identify opportunities for strategic alliances and to define common demands.

Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world

Friday, January 17, 2020

The world is rapidly changing. Families, and the role of women and girls within them, are also changing. Today, there is no ‘standard’ family form, nor has there ever been. In order for laws and policies to support families and meet the needs of all their members, they must evolve and adapt. Progress of the World’s Women assesses the scale and scope of transformations in family life and their implications for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Iraq: Assessment on Employment and Working Conditions of Conflict-affected Women Across Key Sectors

Monday, January 13, 2020

As Iraq enters a new recovery phase in 2019, the country now faces the challenge of addressing the short- and long-term consequences of conflict and mass population displacement. Conflict-affected women, specifically, face numerous challenges in accessing employment, including limited economic opportunities, individual- and community-level barriers, legal restrictions, and exacerbated vulnerability, particularly for displaced people and female-headed households. In the Iraqi context, the nature...

Gender, Masculinities and Violent Extremism in North Africa: a Research Agenda

Sunday, January 12, 2020

With support from the UK Government, UN Women ROAS has been working since 2017 to deliver better evidence through quality research on gender equality, masculinities and violent extremism in North Africa to inform regional and global policy-making on the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) and Women, Peace, and Security. This page serves as a platform for the different publications created under the project.

Understanding the Role of Women and the Feminist Actors in Lebanon’s 2019 Protests

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Women have been at the core of Lebanon’s popular protests since they began on October 17, 2019. Assessing the first 58 days of protests, this paper seeks to contribute to the documentation of women’s representation, roles, and demands within Lebanon’s protests, while also examining the use of gendered language and norms by all sides of the country’s complex landscape. It situates this action within the broader women, peace and security framework, which recognizes women as political actors and peace and security leaders and brokers.

Arab Declaration on Progress in the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action after 25 years

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Arab Declaration on Progress in the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action after 25 years

Beijing+25 Arab States Newsletter

Sunday, November 24, 2019

In 1995, over 17,000 representatives from 189 nations met in Beijing at the Fourth World Conference on Women. The historic meeting resulted in the unanimous adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; an agenda considered to be the “Bill of Rights” for women. 25 years after Beijing, Member States, civil society organizations and women’s rights advocates from across the globe are coming together to review the implementation of this agenda. Our newsletter will focus on the individuals and institutions leading this global process in the Arab States region.

Steps Taken in the Arab Region for the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Saturday, November 23, 2019

This brochure aims to provide a preliminary summary of the achievements of the Arab countries in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 25 years after its adoption, focusing on the intersections of the twelve areas of concern with the sustainable development agenda.

Gender Equality and Violent Extremism: a Research Agenda for Libya

Monday, November 18, 2019

This research report examines the gender dynamics of radicalization to violence in Libya and efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism. Based on primary research in Libya, this report analyses new data collected in the field (October 2018 to March 2019), and via a survey instrument (March-June 2019). The research investigates the gendered motivations of individuals to join violent extremist and terrorist groups, and how gender inequality and discrimination within Libyan society interact with other economic, political and religious factors to spread violent extremism. The report explores how social constructions of masculinity and femininity are manipulated by violent extremist groups through their recruitment strategies and tactics of group control. As well as these gender dynamics, the research investigates Libyan women’s responses; how and why they seek to counter and prevent violent extremism in their communities.

Policy Brief: Misogyny and Violent Extremism - Implications for Preventing Violent Extremism

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The policy brief examines why and how radicalization to violence occurs from a gender perspective. In particular, it analyzes the underexplored relationship between attitudes and practices indicating misogyny (defined as both fear and hatred of women and/or the feminine) and support for violent extremism. Gender analysis of survey data collected in four countries (Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Libya) provides evidence of a mutually reinforcing dynamic of misogyny and violent extremism.

Addressing Gender Amongst Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In Lebanon, Syrian refugee women and girls of diverse backgrounds continue to confront widespread and systemic gender inequality, which manifests in less access to resources, services, and opportunities, as well as higher risks of violence, abuse, and exploitation. This research brief summarizes key gender analysis findings from UN and humanitarian partner assessments in effort to raise the profile and understanding of gender inequalities amongst Syrian refugees and improve the gender responsiveness of humanitarian action in Lebanon.

Lebanon National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2019-2022)

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Lebanon National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2019-2022)

Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Are we on track to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls? This report brings together the latest available evidence on gender equality across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, underscoring the progress made as well as the action still needed to accelerate progress.

Achievements Report 2018 - Egypt Country Office

Thursday, August 8, 2019

UN Women Achievements Report gives a comprehensive overview on the main programmes implemented by UN Women Egypt during 2018 in collaboration with its various partners across the four impact areas: Women’s Political Empowerment (WPE), Women’s Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) and Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality. It also features the main achievements of the programmes while highlighting the progress made under communications and partnerships.

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