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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 toolkit is designed to support women-led civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Arab States region to strengthen their capacity to deliver remote services to survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
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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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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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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 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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This publication is produced by Musawah with support from UN Women within the framework of the ‘Men and Women for Gender Equality’ regional programme funded by Sweden.
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Ending child marriage is fundamental to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and improving maternal and child health worldwide. It is also an important part of safeguarding the stability of communities and the global economy. This background paper provides an overview of the scope, drivers and consequences of child marriage in the Arab region. It also discusses the importance of estimating the cost of child marriage, examines the feasibility of undertaking a costing study in the Arab region, and reviews the availability of data needed to implement such a task, as well as the appropriate framework to consider when approaching costing child marriage in the region.
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The members of Lebanon’s Feminist Civil Society Platform met on 22 September to express their concern about the drastic regression of women’s representation in the recently formed government in Lebanon. Women’s rights and opportunities to equal participation in decision-making should be institutionalized; therefore, the signatories to this statement issued a list of demands that must be met in order to truly encompass a fair and equitable space for women in the political sphere. The statement highlights the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections and reiterates the demands made by the Platform since August 4, 2020.
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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.
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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.
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This UN Women newsletter is a brief summary of news related to women’s rights and gender equality in Lebanon during the reporting period. It also includes data and trends regarding the impact of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls in Lebanon, and on UN Women’s work at both the individual, community and national level, to respond to the crisis.
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This brief explores the implications for the provision of essential services for women and girls who have experienced violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides recommendations for governments, civil society, and international organizations that are seeking to improve the quality of and access to coordinated health, police and justice, and social services for all women and girls during the crisis and provides examples of promising practices to date.
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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 thecountry’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.
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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.

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Humanitarian needs continue to grow with nearly 132 million people in need of assistance in 2018, due to conflict, persecution, and natural disasters. The average humanitarian crisis now lasts more than nine years, and periods of forced displacement more than seventeen. Women and girls who make up approximately half of this 132 million face daily discrimination and violence. The breakdown of protection mechanisms and destruction of essential services and economic structures in crises hits the already marginalized hardest.
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In Lebanon, the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering conducted an opinion poll on child marriage and are using the results as a basis to sensitize the public as well as political parties on this issue. Meetings are conducted with parliamentarians and political parties to introduce RDFL’s proposed law and lobby for its discussion in parliament and thereafter adoption and ratification. The project promotes the engagement of men and boys from political parties, media outlets, as decision...