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In May 2022, the UN Women Regional Office for Arab States and the Government of Finland organized a two-day workshop titled “Women Building Peace in the Arab States: Regional Synergies and Cross-Learning” to highlight women’s mediation efforts in their communities and the lessons learned from interventions under the regional WPS programme and the Syria WPS programme.
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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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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.
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This is the fifth issue in the Gender Alert: Lebanon COVID-19 series, and the first to focus on gender equality issues in national lockdowns in response to the pandemic. Here we document rising food insecurity concerns amongst women and marginalized groups.
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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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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.
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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.
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This paper assesses, estimates and analyses the expected impact of the economic crisis on women, looking specifically at issues of job loss and unemployment.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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Lebanon National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2019-2022)
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Why Gender Matters in the Discussion on Returns to Syria
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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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Like their male counterparts, female refugees in Lebanon are struggling to meet even their most basic needs. But their challenges are aggravated by entrenched gender inequalities and norms.
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This report represents the conclusions of two sessions held in Tunis, Tunisia on 12-13 May 2016 with members of parliament, representatives of ministries / government bodies responsible for monitoring and evaluating the SDGS, women national machineries and evaluators from across the Arab States region.
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This study examines violence against women and girls in 18 Arab countries covered by both mandates of ESCWA and UN-Women, with particular focus on violence in the domestic sphere. The objective of the study is to generate evidence-based policy recommendations for Arab member countries in order to assist them in scaling up their commitment to combating violence against female population groups, especially in the domestic sphere, and to promote gender equality and enhance women’s empowerment in Arab societies.