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Policy Papers on key Gender Thematic Areas by the Arab States CSOs and Feminists Network

Thursday, July 8, 2021

These policy papers are developed within the framework of the Beijing+25 Review and the Generation Equality Forum. Given the pluralistic nature of the Arab region, and in view of UN Women’s commitment to participation and inclusivity, a series of policy papers on four gender thematic areas were prepared by the Arab States CSOs and Feminists Network to amplify the voice of civil society and feminist organizations and push forward the gender equality agenda.

Libya: Women At The Forefront

Thursday, June 24, 2021

To celebrate the “International Women’s Week” and the critical roles Libyan women have played in building the foundations for a peaceful transition, UN Women, supported by the European Union Delegation and the Embassy of Canada to Libya, organized an online symposium “Libya: Women at the Forefront” from 8 to 11 March 2021.

Gender Equality in the Humanitarian Response to the Beirut Port Explosion

Friday, June 18, 2021

UN Women and OCHA jointly examine the extent to which issues of gender equality were factored into various stages of the 2020 Flash Appeal in response to the Beirut port explosions.

Increasing the Representation of Women Peace Mediators: Collaborative Leadership Models for Ensuring Equality

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The paper considers the under-representation of women in high-level mediation and peacemaking positions. Set in the context of successive normative commitments to increase the representation of women in high-level mediation, the paper considers why peace process mediation appears to be an outlier in the general trend towards gender parity in UN senior posts in particular.

Gender-Sensitive Resilience Capacity Index: Iraq’s Second Report on Resilience

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The analysis included in this report builds upon data collected through the LEAP project and sought to provide evidence around key resilience issues.

Women’s meaningful participation in peace processes: Modalities and strategies across tracks

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

This report on the proceedings of the 2018 conference “Women’s meaningful participation in peace processes: Modalities and strategies across tracks”, explores innovations, trends, and challenges in the interplay between official, high-level processes and unofficial processes in which civil society plays a leadership role.

Ending Polygamy in Muslim Marriages

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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.

Palestine Second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Monday, April 26, 2021

Palestine’s Second National Action Plan for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security and Subsequent Resolutions follows the first National Action Plan adopted in 2016 recognizing the disproportionate impact of conflict and occupation on Palestinian women and girls and their vital participation in peacebuilding.

Models for Women’s Inclusion in Track One Mediation in Peace and Transition Processes

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

This paper focuses on modalities for ensuring that women and gender advocates have direct access to ‘Track 1’ peace and transition process talks – that is, formal talks between the key political-military elites at the heart of conflicts.

Civil Society’s Voices on Violent Extremism and Counter-Terrorism Responses

Thursday, January 21, 2021

This report is informed by the contributions received from 80 civil society representatives from 33 countries, who shared their views, challenges and recommendations on the gendered dimensions of violent extremism and counterterrorism during the Global Digital Consultation “Voices and perspectives of civil society on the gendered dimensions of violent extremism and counterterrorism responses” (Global Digital Consultation).

Deepening Stabilization in Libya: Overcoming Challenges to Young Women's Participation in Peace Building

Thursday, December 10, 2020

This paper summarizes some of the challenges young Libyan women face and offers recommendations for international, national, and local stakeholders. The challenges and recommendations outlined here are drawn directly from a series of conferences held with and by young Libyan women, and were developed through further research and consultation.

Outcome Document: MADAD Regional Partner Event

Thursday, December 10, 2020

In collaboration with the European Union (EU), UN Women organized a regional partner event to present lessons learned from its programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey” funded through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria Crisis, the ‘MADAD’ fund.

The Elders in conversation on women in mediation in the Arab world

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Marking the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000), UN Women, Wilton Park, the Elders and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with support from the Government of Germany, convened a high level virtual conference that brought together over 60 experienced peace practitioners, policy makers, women peacebuilders from the region and other regions and multilateral officials to discuss opportunities and challenges for women’s meaningful inclusion in peace processes in the Arab world. The report outlines key points raised by participants throughout the virtual convening, as well as recommendations to enhance women’s inclusion in mediation and conflict resolution processes in the region.

National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security: Critical Tools in COVID-19 Responses in the Arab States Region

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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.

Overview of Recovery Support for Women-Owned Businesses Impacted by the Beirut Blast

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

To help link businesses in need of support with services providers in Lebanon, including those supported by UN Women, UN Women has undertaken a mapping of ongoing initiatives and is actively working to pair those in need with those entities offering support. As investment is made to strengthen national production and bolster employment opportunities, women owned-MSMEs are an important vehicle for change and growth.

A Rapid Gender Analysis of the Beirut Port Explosion: An Intersectional Examination

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

This joint rapid gender analysis (RGA) of the Beirut port explosion assesses how diverse women, men, girls, boys, and gender minorities were affected by the events of August 4, with a close look at the specific impact on older, disabled, refugee, migrant, and LBQT (lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans) women.

Gender Alert: Needs of Women, Girls, Boys and Men in Humanitarian Action in Palestine

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Gender Alert: Needs of Women, Girls, Boys and Men in Humanitarian Action in Palestine (2020) is developed to inform the 2021 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) . The Gender Alert provides robust multisectoral analysis with a focus on gender specific vulnerabilities. For the first time, the structure of the Gender Alert mirrors the structure of the HNO, in that it is divided into three sections, by consequences of the crisis, also called critical problems. Each section includes a thorough multisectoral analysis of vulnerable groups, which are the same identified vulnerable groups of the HNO.

Women on the Verge of an Economic Breakdown: Addressing the differential impacts of the economic crisis on women in Lebanon

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This paper assesses, estimates and analyses the expected impact of the economic crisis on women, looking specifically at issues of job loss and unemployment.

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.

COVID-19 and conflict: Advancing women’s meaningful participation in ceasefires and peace processes

Monday, August 3, 2020

This brief addresses the importance of women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation to an effective pandemic response and to peacemaking efforts, and how the women, peace and security agenda can provide a critical framework for inclusive decision-making and sustainable solutions. It also provides preliminary analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on women’s participation in ceasefires and peace processes and offers a series of recommendations, including on “building back better”.

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