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This is not just a story of War, but a story of Love. This is not merely a tale of Despair, but a narrative of Hope. This is simply a story of Eternity, the story of Amani—a story never imagined would end. It's also the collective story of Amani, Lamia, Najla, and all the Women of Gaza, losing their lives and facing a war not just on Gaza itself, but on its women. These women are pillars of strength: Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Doctors, Leaders, and more. Yet, they are losing their dignity, hope, loved ones, and their very lives.
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New UN Women survey data from Rafah highlights the depth of physical and mental despair, with 93% of women interviewed feeling unsafe and over half reporting medical conditions requiring urgent attention. With any Israeli ground invasion, these number will soar.
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The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) has launched a Call for Proposals in Iraq to support civil society organizations to implement projects focusing on conflict prevention and crisis planning, as well as supporting local women and young women's rights organizations through institutional funding.
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The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) announced today a new partnership with UN Women to boost women employment by 5% by the year 2030 in green, care and science and technology sectors, to bolster national targets and drive regional economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
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The regional 'Dare to Care' programme aims to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment using the involvement of men and boys in unpaid care and household responsibilities as an entry point.
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UN Women Lebanon Office welcomes proposals for partnerships to achieve results under its Women’s Political Participation Programme, with a specific focus to increase women's participation in and impact on decision-making in political and civic spaces.
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New York/Cairo — Today, UN Women launches its latest Gender Alert on Gaza. Six months into the war, 10,000 Palestinian women in Gaza have been killed, among them an estimated 6,000 mothers, leaving 19,000 children orphaned.
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Les femmes et les jeunes jouent un rôle crucial dans la prévention de l’extrémisme violent. ONU Femmes Tunisie et la Commission Nationale pour la Lutte contre le Terrorisme lancent un appel à propositions auprès des acteurs de la société civile qui vise à renforcer le rôle des femmes et des jeunes dans la promotion de la paix et de la résilience, et de la prévention de l’extrémisme violent.
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Life in Gaza is unrecognizable today, amid growing calls to end the war and to implement the latest UN Security Council Resolution, demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid.
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Closing remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN headquarters, 27 March 2024.
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“Women in Gaza are superheroes,” said Rana Khalil, a project coordinator for the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD), based in the West Bank.
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Fatima Ali is a Syrian mother of 8 children, moved from Dara’a, Syria to Jordan in 2012 amidst the war in her country. Initially arriving without her husband, Fatima faced harsh conditions as they didn’t have access to water and electricity at that time in the camp.
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At the heart of Zaatari Refugee camp, when Samaher arrived in Jordan in 2013, little did she know that she would become an example of resilience and empowerment for her family and community. With two sons and two daughters, Samaher's journey began with hope, but took a challenging turn.
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High-ranking officials and ministers from ten international institutions and governments made a global pledge to strengthen the care economy, including through the involvement of men and boys in unpaid care and domestic work, as a way to reduce poverty of women and girls and promote the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities across the world.
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The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) has launched a Call for Proposals in Yemen to support civil society organizations to implement projects focusing on peacebuilding and recovery, as well as supporting local women and young women's rights organizations through institutional funding.
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Opening remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the Generation Equality side event at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN headquarters, 14 March 2024.
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UN Secretary-General's remarks at the Townhall Meeting with Civil Society on the occasion of the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
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Since its launch in 2012, the Oasis Centres have served more than 30,000 people, predominantly Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian women and their families.
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In the Middle East, Sudan, Myanmar, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, women and girls bear the brunt of conflicts and of wars they did not start.
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In Benghazi, Libya, the story of Chancellor Rafia al-Abidi has become an icon of will and dedication in the service of justice and the promotion of the role of women in society. Her success was born of her determination and dedication to the law, despite the traditional limits imposed on women in the legal profession, she graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Benghazi in 1947.