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Gender and Inclusion Tip Sheets

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Gender and Inclusion Tip Sheets aim to support the sector partners responding to the Beirut Port explosion in promoting a gender sensitive response and ensuring that the needs of vulnerable people are meaningfully represented.

Protecting Women and Girls in Lebanon’s COVID-19 Community Isolation Centers

Monday, September 21, 2020

Women and girls admitted to COVID-19 community isolation centers are particularly vulnerable to be subjected to harassment, violence, exploitation and abuse due to specific gendered protection risks, including being confined to an isolated space, the gendered staffing of centers, the economic vulnerability of women and girls, and avenues to seek help being limited or hard to reach. WHO and UN Women are co-leading interventions within the isolation facilities to protection the needs of women and girls, through protection monitoring, ensuring complaint and feedback mechansisms, community messaging, and training and capacity building.

Charter of Demands by Feminist Activists and Women’s Rights Organisations in Lebanon: A Gendered Disaster Response Plan

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Feminist activists and women’s rights organisations in Lebanon, signatories to this Charter, are concerned with the human toll of the explosion of the Beirut port which took place on August 4th, 2020. This has come against a background of severe economic hardship, an unprecedented loss in the value of the local currency, spiking unemployment and a degradation of public services, all of which exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This charter thus represents the concerns and demands for an immediate humanitarian assistance process that recognizes and addresses existing gender inequalities and seeks to ensure that all women and girls’ needs and priorities are met and that the process is transparent and subjected to due diligence as well as clear accountability mechanisms.

Emerging Gender Analysis: Gender Findings from the Multi-Partner Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA) of the Beirut Explosion

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

This initial gender analysis is based on the first wave of the Join Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA) led by Lebanese Red Cross. The findings provide some initial understanding of the differential impact female and male headed households

COVID-19 and Essential Services Provision for Survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls - A Snapshot from the Arab States

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

This policy brief highlights emerging trends of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and implications for the provision of essential services (health, police and justice, social services and the coordination of these services) for women and girls experiencing violence.

The Beirut Blast: What Humanitarian Response Needs to Know on Gender

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Beirut explosion is taking place against a backdrop of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and a deep economic crisis, described by experts as the worst in Lebanon’s recent history, and it is also happening within a context of extreme structural gender inequalities.

UN Women: 2020 Beirut Explosion Response Plan

Thursday, August 13, 2020

This document outlines UN Women’s response plan for the 2020 Beirut Plan – a plan that works across the humanitarian-development-peace and security nexus to provide immediate relief to those in need, and to ensure that longer term recovery and reconstruction both addresses the needs of women and girls, and promotes gender equality.

Impact of COVID-19 on Violence against Women and Girls in the Arab States through the Lens of Women's Civil Society Organizations

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Through a regional assessment, UN Women has reached out to civil society organizations (CSOs) to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their work, the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are creating. This brief aims to highlight the key findings of this assessment. The brief also provides qualitative and quantitative data on the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women, including within the most vulnerable groups, through the lens of women CSOs from the Arab States region.

Rapid Assessment: The Effects of COVID-19 on Violence Against Women and Gendered Social Norms - A Snapshot from Nine Countries in the Arab States Preliminary

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States partnered with RIWI corp. to conduct a web-survey in 9 countries in the region, (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen) to document the gendered impact of COVID-19 on men and women in the region, with a focus on gender roles and attitudes and practices related to gender equality and violence against women. This policy brief highlights the key findings from the regional study.

Tunisian women in the face of COVID-19: during and after confinement

Thursday, July 9, 2020

This brief provides a set of recommendations to take stock of health, economic and social aspects of this unprecedented crisis to develop an exit strategy and to take advantage of this exceptional period to upgrade the mechanisms and structure in Tunisia. It also makes recommendations to adopt a gender approach in government post-COVID-19 strategy.

The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Lebanon: A Key Tool for Supporting Recovery from Economic Crisis and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lebanon

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

COVID-19 has reached Lebanon at a time of deep economic crisis. Lockdown measures have accentuated the crisis and generated a spike in unpaid care work and gender-based violence – both of which have been borne largely by women. Tackling this pandemic requires institutional reform on a magnitude not yet seen in Lebanon. It requires holistic efforts to address issues of governance, corruption and inequality. In this undertaking, this Policy Brief looks at Lebanon’s NAP 1325 and how it provides a useful framework for action; as it prioritizes the gendered needs of women and girls in times of crisis, pandemics, and conflicts.

Situation Report: Arab States COVID-19 and Gender Equality

Thursday, June 25, 2020

This situation report aims to capture UN Women’s work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the Arab States region, including operational context, preparedness and response, evidence and data generation, innovations in programming, coordination and partnerships, media and communication, gaps, challenges and financial requirements.

Gender-Responsive Recovery in Lebanon: Recommendations for Fiscal, Social and Labour Policy Reform

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

There is a tendency for the pursuit of gender equality to fall by the wayside during times of crises and to be considered as a goal of secondary importance that can be placed back on the agenda once economic growth has recovered. But the reality is that taking steps towards gender equality is part of the solution and supporting women to enter the formal economy in significant numbers will widen Lebanon’s tax base and support the fiscal sustainability of Lebanon’s social security programmes.

Regular resources report 2019: Forging Generation Equality now and in the future

Friday, June 19, 2020

This year’s regular resources report analyses how UN Women mobilized its core contributions in 2019 to fulfil its normative, coordination, and operational activities mandate, in order to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. Through the presentation of tangible results, this report presents case studies at the global, regional, and country levels to showcase the impact that regular resources have in the countries where UN Women is present.

How Can Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) include marginalized and vulnerable people in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Risk communications and community engagement (RCCE) are essential tools to ensure that people are aware of the dangers posed by COVID-19 to themselves and their families, and ensure their involvement in national and local efforts to stop the spread of the virus as well as minimize disruptions to their lives and livelihoods. But in order for RCCE efforts to be effective, they need to be gender-responsive and include all segments of societies, particularly the most of vulnerable and marginalized social groups. These guidelines explain the vulnerabilities of different social groups to COVID-19, and how to address these vulnerabilities in RCCE efforts and plans.

Justice for women amidst COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020

This rapid assessment examines how the impacts of COVID-19 are threatening women’s ability to access justice. The assessment reflects challenges faced by women and girls of diverse backgrounds and socio-economic groups, including those experiencing overlapping disadvantages and those facing amplified challenges in humanitarian settings. Cross-regional and local experiences are highlighted, and quantitative data is utilized where available.

Priorities for Gender Equality in Yemen’s COVID-19 Response

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The brief explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its gender dimensions in conflict settings with a focus on gender-based violence (GBV), women’s participation in decision-making, labour markets and livelihoods. The paper outlines gender issues and recommendations for stakeholders and national/international actors with the aim of providing effective mitigation measures and actions in response to COVID-19.

Rapid Assessment on COVID-19 and Domestic and Family Violence Services across Palestine

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

This brief suggests that domestic violence has increased in Palestine due to the conditions created by the COVID 19 pandemic, which in most cases resulted in a lockdown of survivors of violence with their abusers. With families in lockdown, helplines are seeing a surge of cases requesting a multitude of services.

Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on The Access of Women Victims and Survivors of Violence to Justice and Security Services in Palestine

Monday, May 18, 2020

In this brief UN Women within the Sawasya II programme provide a set of recommendations on how to ensure that perpetrators of violence against women are held accountable, and victims’ right to protection, remedy and reparation is maintained.

Women and COVID-19 Pandemic in Egypt

Monday, May 18, 2020

In partnership with the National Council for Women in Egypt and UN Women, The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research - Baseera, issued an infograph for a survey on Women and COVID-19 Pandemic in Egypt. The poll was conducted on a national representative sample of 1518 females in the age group 18+ during the period from April 4th to April 14th, 2020, with the aim of measuring the effect of COVID-19 on women's lives.

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