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Women-owned businesses (WOBs) in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region could make significant contributions to entrepreneurial activity and countries’ economic growth, but face challenges and barriers. This report examines access to finance in the United Arab Emirates for WOBs; describes government and private measures to promote women’s entrepreneurship; looks at global best practices and makes recommendations for policymakers and stakeholders to improve women-owned businesses’ access to financing.
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This brief highlights key findings from a small-scale time-use survey conducted by ARDD in April 2021 that address how women in Jordan perform care work, how they feel about it, and their perspectives and recommendations on how the burden of care work can be redistributed through social protection mechanisms and other policies.
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UN Women conducted its first rapid assessment of the impact. of the COVID-19 pandemic on UN Women Oasis Centre beneficiaries in March 2020, when the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Fourteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic...
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The objective of this regional assessment is to look at the implications of the macroeconomic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arab region. The regional mapping allows for identification of the dominant trends and policy priorities across different areas of interventions and looks at the potential implications of [largely] gender-blind macroeconomic responses and investments during the first six months of the pandemic.
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This desk review summarises global and regional trends and best practices and techniques for reaching out remotely to women and girls who experience violence, including during lockdowns and to survivors of online violence.
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This study and brief aim at providing insights on how gender and other intersecting inequalities impact the risk and vulnerability to HIV for women and girls in Africa.
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This report presents the results of the independent evaluation of UN Women’s ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities’ (“Madad”) programme and offers lessons and recommendations for future programming on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Synthesis report includes country specific annexes for Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.
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Given the unique vulnerability of Syrian refugee women to GBV and specific linkages to economic vulnerability, UN Women together with UNHCR and the ILO commissioned a study to explore the (relationships between livelihoods and protection risks for Syrian refugee women, with specific aim to ensure programming is designed to mitigate risks and maximize positive outcomes.
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This brief presents a summary of the results of the independent evaluation of UN Women’s Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities (“Madad”) programme and offers lessons and recommendations for future programming on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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Women play an outsized role in the care economy in the Arab States, performing 4.7 times more unpaid care work than men – the highest female– to–male ratio anywhere in the world.
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This analysis of the existing NAPs-WPS of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen was undertaken to assess and demonstrate the direct relevance of the plans to each country’s COVID-19 response. While NAPs-WPS are relevant in every crisis, the analysis highlights particular areas of overlap with specific global responses to COVID-19, thus providing critical evidence of the value of implementing nation action plans on women, peace and security in the current crisis.
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Developed jointly by REACH and UN Women, this report identifies, discusses, and analyses the range of enabling factors and challenges faced by working Jordanian and Syrian refugee women. Generously supported by the European Union, through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria Crisis, the EU MADAD Fund, as well as the Governments of France and Japan.
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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.
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Why Gender Matters in the Discussion on Returns to Syria
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The two-year programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq,  Jordan  and  Turkey ” aims to strengthen the resilience of women affected by the Syria crisis. This fact sheet presents the key data and objectives of the programme in Jordan.
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Factsheets of countries where UN Women is implementing EUTF Madad programme
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The Madad Newsletter highlights stories of the programme beneficiaries as well as partners supporting the efforts to build resilience in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. The newsletter includes some of the latest updates on the implementation of the programme.
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Conducted by UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, and ESCWA, this study on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region provides a comprehensive assessment of laws and policies affecting gender equality and protection against gender-based violence in Arab countries. The report is composed of 18 country profiles, each of which maps a country’s key legislative developments and gaps regarding gender justice. This introduction provides an overall summary of these country chapters followed by a...
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Displacement and shifting gender roles have aggravated the situation of Syrian female refugees in the region, putting them at critical risk of violence and exploitation.
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This brief provides an overview of the regional programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey”. The Programme is implemented by UN Women with the financial support of the European Union through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis.