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UN Women’s new report “Women's Participation in Local Mediation: Lessons from Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen” sheds light on the diverse mediation roles women have played to resolve conflict and restore social cohesion in their communities.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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This study aims to shed light on the economic and social impact of the crisis on women and girls and their prospects for employment, economic recovery, participation and empowerment. In this examination, the study also looks more broadly at the impact of conflict on women living in Libya and the current gender stereotypes and patriarchal social norms that shape their roles and
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This research report examines the gender dynamics of radicalization to violence in Libya and efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism. Based on primary research in Libya, this report analyses new data collected in the field (October 2018 to March 2019), and via a survey instrument (March-June 2019). The research investigates the gendered motivations of individuals to join violent extremist and terrorist groups, and how gender inequality and discrimination within Libyan society interact with other economic, political and religious factors to spread violent extremism. The report explores how social constructions of masculinity and femininity are manipulated by violent extremist groups through their recruitment strategies and tactics of group control. As well as these gender dynamics, the research investigates Libyan women’s responses; how and why they seek to counter and prevent violent extremism in their communities.

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This report aims to amplify the voices and experiences of Syrian, Yemeni and Iraqi women who make significant contributions to the stability and security of their communities through resolving and managing local conflict, yet whose efforts are often marginalized, dismissed and misrepresented as insignificant. Presented as a series of case studies, the report examines how women in the region engage, influence and shape local processes for conflict and dispute resolution.
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UN Women, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in partnership with the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI) at the Graduate School Geneva, organized a three-day meeting entitled Mobilizing women in the MENA region: Roadmaps for peace in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The meeting was held in Beirut, Lebanon from 19 – 21 June 2018 and aimed to provide a space for women’s rights actors from conflict affected countries to engage in closed-door strategic planning around building momentum for inclusive peace.