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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 presents a short description of the running programme “Men and Women for Gender Equality” in Tunisia, that seeks to mobilize men and boys to challenge gender stereotypes, change attitudes and behaviors to combat gender inequalities, and entice a change in social norms that discriminate against women and girls.
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This brief provides evidence of the different ways in which women’s rights organizations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the predicament that many of them face of increased relevance and demand at the same time as civic closure, restrictive work conditions, and diminishing funding.
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Le Bureau du Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux Droits de l'Homme en Tunisie, l’ONU Femmes Tunisie et le Centre de recherche, d’études, de Documentation et d’Information sur la Femme(CREDIF) ont conjointement réalisé une étude relative à l’état des lieux des inégalités et de la discrimination à l’encontre des femmes et des filles dans la législation tunisienne en en 2016 puis mise à jour en 2021.
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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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This newsletter captures the latest updates on the implementation of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) in Lebanon. The newsletter includes the key highlights and achievements of the WPHF programme partners' towards enhancing women’s participation in the Beirut Port Explosion’s response and recovery process.
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UN Women is at the forefront of the global drive to remove gender barriers because we believe in a world of justice and human rights for everyone. Towards that end, and as the only United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality, we marshal the world’s best gender expertise and the considerable resources of the United Nations. We connect people in many realms, the national and international, the public and private, activists and officials. Together, our efforts are more than any of us could pursue alone.
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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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The policy paper provides an overview of the police response to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the Arab States region including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper then presents UN Women and UNODC’s initiative on Gender Sensitive Policing, for further engagement of the police on the issue of VAWG in the region.
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The aim of this report is to present evidence on the impact of UN Women’s interventions and provide in-depth analysis around resilience and factors critical for strengthening resilience. This will allow UN Women to expand its evidence based on resilience and help better design programmes, ensuring that they are mainly based on needs and vulnerabilities of the population of concern.
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This assessment developed by UNW, UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF demonstrate gender inequalities across the Syrian refugee population, limiting access, rights and opportunities for women and girls, particularly as related to economic participation, education, food insecurity, humanitarian assistance, legal issues, and wider protections, including sexual and gender-based violence.
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As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe and throughout the Arab States. The coronavirus pandemic is challenging hard-earned progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and further exposing the detrimental effect gender inequality has on individuals, society, and the economy.
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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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Ce Policy Brief met l’accent sur les différentes formes d’impact de la COVID-19 sur la santé des femmes en Tunisie. Durant la première période de l’épidémie, de nombreuses prestations sanitaires ont été reportées tandis que le personnel hospitalier se consacrait à la préparation des services de santé pour s’attaquer à la COVID-19.
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Le rapport a pour objet une veille normative sur les différentes mesures prises en Tunisie pour faire face à la crise de la Covid-19 durant la première vague (mars - août 2020) sous l’aune de l’approche genre.
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The results detailed in this country brief overwhelming speak to increased concerns for safety, both inside and outside the home (as a result of the pandemic), increased secondary trauma, specifically, the witnessing of violence against women, and online harassment. Most respondents believed tackling gender-based violence to be a priority in the COVID-19 response and voiced a willingness to report violations.
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This brief presents emerging evidence on the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the care economy. Complementing a separate UN Women brief on COVID-19 and economic recovery, this brief highlights key measures needed to address the increase in unpaid care work as a result of the pandemic, ensure adequate compensation and decent working conditions for paid care workers, and enable the participation of paid and unpaid caregivers in the policy decisions that affect them.
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This brief shines a light on the critical role of women’s leadership in responding to COVID-19 and preparing for a more equitable recovery. Across the globe, women are at the helm of institutions carrying out effective and inclusive COVID-19 responses, from the highest levels of decision-making to frontline service delivery.
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This brief presents emerging evidence of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on women’s economic empowerment. Complementing a separate UN Women policy brief on “COVID-19 and the care economy”, it considers the immediate gendered economic impacts, including widening socioeconomic divides and shifting national and international priorities for the allocation of resources, as well as the long-term implications for women’s employment and livelihoods.
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This report, based on answers to a questionnaire circulated amongst CSOs networks in the region, presents emerging evidence of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality and VAWG in the Arab States. Developed through the perspective of women CSOs, the report documents major threats to women survivors of violence, associated with COVID-19, and the repercussions of the pandemic on vulnerable groups such as refugee and migrant women, and women with disabilities.