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Elite Mountaineer Joyce Azzam is UN Women National Goodwill Ambassador for Lebanon. She wants to inspire other Lebanese women and girls to follow their dreams and discover their potential. Azzam is one of the few Arab women and first Lebanese woman to have climbed all world’s Seven Summits. Following her official appointment as UN Women National Goodwill Ambassador, she tells us more about her journey as a woman in sports, her drive and what she hopes to achieve, in her new role.
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UN Women is re-advertising this CFP to partner with an organization to conduct.
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Through an awareness raising media campaign launched by the HAYA Joint Programme at the end of June 2022, more than two and a half million Palestinian citizens became more aware of the available essential services for women survivors of gender-based violence* and were encouraged to access these services. These services include health care, justice and policing, and social services.
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Marina is one of 140 women working at established community kitchens in Beirut, Tripoli, Saida, and Beqaa, serving hot meals to underserved communities.
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Sabrine, who holds an intermediate level of education, used to live in poverty with her husband and four children, never imagining that one day she would own a business that would expand to all the villages of Minya. An active learner and entrepreneur by nature, Sabrine cloned the in-person sales training and logistics she learned through the programme, recruiting saleswomen to sell products in nearby villages by bus and ensuring safe transportation for them all.
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Rabab Nofel, 30, lives with her two-year-old son and husband in a rented apartment in Gaza. She was born with a disability that restricts her movement. To make a living and support her son, Rabab creates and sells perfumes from home, but her livelihood often gets disrupted, particularly during escalations of violence. Women with disabilities have limited opportunities in Gaza to build economic resilience. Only around four per cent of women with disabilities participate in the workforce.
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“I used to work as a secretary at the Bank of Palestine, but I lost my job in 2019. After having good living standards for seven years, I found myself in a very difficult financial situation.” Said Souad, * a 41-year-old mother of five whose husband abandoned her. “This motivated me to put my cooking skills to good use and start my own business. Today, cooking is my family’s main source of income.”
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UN Women, a global champion for women’s rights and equality, has announced that its regional senior representative will be speaking at Forbes Middle East Women’s Summit 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, highlighting the evolution of women in the workplace in the Arab world.
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As Nadia and her husband sit side-by-side on the front steps of their family home, he whispers in her ear, and she giggles and leans on his shoulder. Married when she was 22 years old, they have supported each other through many challenges over the past nine years.
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The removed law had been exempting rapists from prosecution if they married their victim. "This landmark legislative reform will increase the protection of the fundamental rights of women and girls in Bahrain", said Khaled El Mekwad, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bahrain.  
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(Cairo) – The private sector in the Arab region has experienced a paradigm shift towards greater diversity and inclusivity, with an increasing number of women breaking through the glass ceiling and carving out a place for themselves in traditionally male-dominated industries, such as banking and finance.
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The critical contributions of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and movements, who use the transformative power of digital technology to connect, mobilize, and drive social change, while fighting against the persistent pushback of women’s rights, cannot go unrecognized.
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Nora defied all stereotypes of women in her rural village. Besides being one of the few divorced women in her village, she decided she wanted to be the first woman to drive a motor tricycle in her village. She was able to do that thanks to the confidence and skills she gained through the programme.
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Bassant Mereika founded and is the CEO of MW-N company, which is provides contracting services to design, supply, install, operate, and maintain top quality Egyptian water alternative resources systems in buildings and landscape. Bassant Mereika’s project aims at raising awareness about rationalizing water consumption.
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As most mothers in her rural village Nora was extremely conservative and always abided by the traditions she grew up with. This, of course, affected the way she raised her two daughters, putting many more restrictions on them than her two sons. However, joining the programme, was an eye-opening experience that changed her mindset.
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In response to the Earqthuake, UN Women will partner with civil society organizations...
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For girls across the world, digital technology holds both power and potential. Digital literacy, online safety, and cybersecurity skills, especially for adolescents, are an essential part of modern life. 19-year-old Dilanaz Guler is a Turkish, Generation Equality Adolescent Girl Leader.
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The climate crisis is not gender neutral. As its impacts worsen, women and girls are experiencing unique and disproportionate harm—with the fallout amplifying existing gender inequalities. Typically more dependent on natural resources and disproportionately responsible for securing food, water and fuel, women are highly vulnerable to environmental shocks.
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Safe and affordable menstrual hygiene products are essential to ensuring the sexual and reproductive health of women, girls and all people who menstruate. But for those without sufficient economic resources, obtaining access to such products is an ongoing struggle. Known as period poverty, this lack of access—exacerbated by longstanding taboos around menstruation—remains a key barrier to menstrual health around the world.
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Although Mervat was living a quiet life with her husband and three children in her rural village, something was pressing hard on her own mind and heart. Seeing her siblings – mostly men – better off, she always dreamed of working and establishing her own business, to support her husband and have a better life.