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A soul impassioned by supporting women

Monday, August 19, 2019

It’s 10 a.m. and after a two-hour drive, Rawan Majali arrives at her destination: the small, sandy UN Women Oasis Centre in Taibeh, perched atop the sprawling rural hills of the Karak district. Here, as the melodious sounds of music stream out from behind the spartan walls, Rawan jumps straight from the car to partake in traditional dancing alongside the 10 Syrian and Jordanian women already stomping their feet in tune. 

From where I stand: “A woman can and should be able to work”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Deep within the rural community of Karak lies the town of Taibeh, where 39-year-old Mona Ahmed Alqkla, found a safe place for her family seven years ago after fleeing the conflict in Dara'a, Syria. She had never had the opportunity to work, until now. She recently joined the incentive-based volunteer programme as a tailor in the Oasis Centre in Taibeh, which was launched by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with UN Women in March 2019.

UN Women announces Beijing+25 Youth Task Force

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

UN Women is pleased to announce the “Beijing+25 Youth Task Force”, comprising of 30 young leaders from different youth-led and youth-serving organizations, with diverse areas of expertise and from all regions of the world.

Arab States review the implementation of the Beijing agenda

Thursday, August 8, 2019

As part of the global review process conducted on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 17 countries in the Arab States have undertaken national reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing agenda, including: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2019: Transforming education for a new generation of leaders

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

In her statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to transform education by making learning accessible to all young people, regardless of their access to a physical classroom and better integrating technology into education, so that girls can connect to educational materials wherever they are.

Private companies in Kuwait join forces to promote Women’s Empowerment Principles

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Workshop on Women’s Empowerment Principles with members of the private sector. Photo: UN Women/Cheslee Dsouza Representatives from the private sector in Kuwait joined an orientation workshop on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a platform to mobilize business action to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at the workplace, marketplace and communities. The training was organized on 25 and 26 June as part of the project “ Support to the State of...

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Friday, August 2, 2019

UN Women joins all indigenous peoples everywhere, especially indigenous women and girls, in commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme of “Indigenous Languages” challenges us to ensure that indigenous women and girls have a voice—quite literally—in the diverse political, civil, social, economic and cultural spaces that they occupy.

From Where I Stand: “My biggest achievement is that I have changed myself and changed people.”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mohamed Magdy is a volunteer in Imbaba, Giza with UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) programme, working to raise awareness of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Before joining the programme, Mohamed did not have constructive thoughts and beliefs about gender equality and women’s empowerment, but now he is working to change his community to become safer for and more inclusive of women and girls.

Creating spaces of empowerment and leadership for women key to achieve an inclusive 2030 Agenda, says President of the UN General Assembly during visit to Jordan

Monday, July 29, 2019

The President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 21-24 July. Commending Jordan’s efforts in response to the refugee crisis, she also noted the government's awareness and commitment to work towards attaining Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In collaboration with UN Women, she had the opportunity to meet vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls as well as Jordanian women leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities to promote women’s empowerment.

Press release: New quarterly newsletter highlights work of Iraqi women Parliamentarians

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Baghdad – The first issue of the “Women Parliamentarians” quarterly newsletter was issued by the Caucus of Iraqi Women Parliamentarians this month. The newsletter, issued in Arabic and English versions with the support of UN Women, aims to highlight the work of the caucus, which was formed in October 2018 to support the work of Iraq’s women parliamentarians and unite their efforts in issues concerning women in the country. According to Deputy Ala Talabani, head of...

The Generation Equality Forum – Save the date!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris, France, on 7-10 July 2020.

Becoming a true businesswoman

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ibtissam Jaber collecting sumac berries to use in the products she sells. Photo: Courtesy of the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment / Mohammad Fawaz. At first, Ibtissam Jaber, 46 and a mother of seven, was hesitant to join her village’s newly established agricultural cooperative. Her husband did not like the idea of her working outside the home and initially forbade her to become a member. In rural communities in southern Lebanon,...

Reforming the laws that forced women to marry their rapists

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Years of collective mobilization, strategizing and innovation by women’s rights groups culminated in the repeal or reform of archaic laws across the Northern Africa and Western Asia region

Press release: The National Commission for Lebanese Women signs a memorandum of understanding with UN Women to enhance the role of women in the areas of security, peace and political, social and economic life

Monday, July 15, 2019

Beirut, 15 July 2019 - The National Commission for Lebanese Women, represented by its President Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz, signed today a memorandum of understanding with UN Women, represented by its Head in Lebanon and Country Programme Manager, Ms. Rachel Dore-Weeks, at the NCLW’s premises in Hazmieh and in the presence of NCLW’s members and UN Women’s team. This memorandum aims at coordinating efforts between the National Commission for Lebanese Women and UN Women to...

200 Youth volunteers awarded at HeForShe closing ceremony for reaching 20,000 commitments on women’s empowerment

Monday, July 15, 2019

In partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Arabic HeforShe movement organized a closing ceremony to mark the conclusion of its second phase and to commemorate the milestone achievement of 20,000 commitments reached across the Kingdom in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Launched in 2015 in Jordan, Arabic HeforShe engaged more than 500 youth volunteers in Jordan’s universities and communities, 200 of whom were awarded during the closing ceremony.

Press release: Arab women’s essential contribution to peace and prosperity remains overlooked, according to a new UN Women report.

Monday, July 15, 2019

(Cairo, 15 June) — Almost twenty years since the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), its implementation in the Arab States Region remains limited, hindering prospects for peace and stability, according to a new UN Women report. The report, Eighteen Years On: Assessing the Implementation of the UNSCR 1325 Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Arab States Region , takes stock of progress, challenges and opportunities for...

From where I stand: “Equality between men and women…is a moral imperative”

Friday, July 12, 2019

Taher Sellami, a young entrepreneur and business student, is striving to use innovative technologies to drive social change in Tunisia and worldwide.

Press release: Armenian and Lebanese women exchange knowledge in rural agri-business and marketing

Friday, July 12, 2019

Group Photo of women from Lebanon and Armenia carrying their participation certificates. Photo: Hoda Farfour, LFPADE Tyre, July 12 , 2019 - UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) in partnership with civil society organizations the Green Lane Agricultural Assistance from Armenia and the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development and Family Empowerment organized the first “Rural Women for Agri-business Marketing Bilateral Knowledge Exchange” in Tyr, Lebanon. ...

From where I stand: “My dream is to open the first baby photography studio in Palestine”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Doaa Eshtayeh, from Nablus, Palestine, found her talent and passion in photography and has made it her profession. Doaa is the main provider for her family, thanks to the support she received through a UN Women project that helped her develop her skills and buy the equipment she needed.

Take Five: “Ending human trafficking has become my life’s mission”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Racha Haffar, Founder and President of ‘‎Not 4 Trade’, an NGO working to prevent human trafficking in Tunisia. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim Racha Haffar is a feminist award-winning women rights activist from Tunisia. She is the founder and president of ‘ Not 4 Trade ,’ the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is also a Fulbright Alumna at the University of Kentucky, a journalist and a professor of public speaking and professional communication. An...

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