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ONU Femmes dénonce le meurtre de Refka Cherni et appelle à mettre fin à la violence à l'égard des femmes en Tunisie

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ONU Femmes est profondément préoccupée par les niveaux alarmants des violences de genre et domestiques que les femmes tunisiennes subissent depuis le début de la pandémie, et appelle la Tunisie à appliquer effectivement ses lois protectrices pour lutter contre ces graves violations et l’impunité.

From where I stand: ‘The training helped us to have the confidence to dream.’

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Four years ago, Maysaa Bakri, mother of three, became the primary provider of her family when her husband, a construction worker, fell from a roof, hurt his back and lost almost all his vision. She later spent seven months in prison, for theft. She reflects on restarting her life.

From Where I Stand: “Prison was not easy, but with this support, I have been able to get past the trauma.”

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Trainee Amal Sayyed received a sewing machine as part of her certification. Photo: UN Women/Dar Al Mussawir. Amal Sayyed, 26, thought that she would never recover from the trauma and stigma of having spent time in prison. She shares her journey on finding hope, with support from UN Women and its partners, despite her painful past. In 2015 my sister and I began selling clothing in Tripoli to help sustain our families, and this work was quite successful. At one point, we recruited a...

In the words of Laila Al-Fitori Badda: “I use frustration as motivation to fight for women’s right to be part of peacebuilding in Libya.”

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Laila Al-Fitori Badda is a PhD student in Zawia, northwestern Libya. She is the Director of the Pulse of Libya Organization, a women-led NGO working to promote children, youth and women’s rights and inclusion.

UN Women, UNFPA join forces to combat rising gender-based violence in Palestine

Monday, May 3, 2021

UN Women and UNFPA have received $3 Million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) to primarily support women- and community-led organizations working to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in Palestine.

In the words of Mariam Naoum: “Competition is hard and continuity is harder. Don’t give up quickly.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mariam Naoum, 43, is an award-winning scriptwriter and women’s rights advocate. Her work addresses socio-economic challenges the marginalised face, with a particular focus on women’s issues. Naoum’s (Sard Workshop) latest movie “Between Two Seas” is a joint collaboration between the National Council for Women in Egypt, UN Women, and was made possible through the generous support of the Government of Japan and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The film is directed by Anas Tolba and produced by Axeer.

ICT trainings for women in Lebanon facilitate access to job market

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Growing up in what she refers to as an ‘unstable environment’, Rebecca, 26, spent her childhood moving around between the different homes of her divorced parents and that of grandparents who were abusive. Compelled to drop out of school in the 8 th grade, Rebecca left home at the age of 16 and has been financially independent ever since. Over the years, she has taken care of herself by taking on a variety of jobs, including working as a promoter, makeup artist and waitress. At the...

From Where I stand: “I deserve to live, and work and do whatever is needed to make my daughter happy.”

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Former Lebanese prison inmate Oula Abdo, 24, reflects on the challenges of life after prison and how she is getting back on her feet to embrace life again.

Press release: New handbook for a more effective police response to women survivors of violence launched in the Arab States

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Law enforcement representatives from the Arab States region were briefed on a new global Police Handbook that provides guidance and practical knowledge for police middle managers to protect the rights of women survivors of violence when accessing police services around the world.

Press release: Italy and UN Women Partner to Support Vulnerable Women during the COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Government of Italy, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), and UN Women signed a EUR 1 million agreement to promote the resilience and empowerment of vulnerable women in Jordan during the COVID-19 response and recovery. The two-year contribution will support the expansion of the ‘Oasis’ model, which provides a holistic package of services and has already proved effective in reaching out to the most vulnerable communities. The agreement was signed at a ceremony attended by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Fabio Cassese, the Head of AICS Amman, Dr. Michele Morana, and the UN Women Officer in Charge, Ms. Aisha Mukhtar.

Stock exchanges across the Arab States region rang the bell for gender equality on International Women’s Day 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has put an unprecedented strain on the global economy and public health systems. The crisis has highlighted and magnified inequalities and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls. The resultant labour market, social and economic crisis poses a serious threat to women’s employment and livelihoods, especially in precarious informal and non-essential sectors.

Press release: Japan supports UN Women’s recovery efforts in Lebanon

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Government of Japan has allocated USD 786,909 to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Lebanon to support women’s protection and economic recovery from the impact of the Lebanon’s economic crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Beirut Port explosion.

Press release: Regional Launch of UNDP-UN Women COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker:

Monday, April 12, 2021

In the Arab States region, the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker jointly published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) recorded a total of 317 COVID-19 policy response measures in all 22 Arab countries, out of which 108 measures adopted by 20 countries effectively addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls.

Women in Hebron blow the whistle on widespread domestic violence

Saturday, April 10, 2021

According to polled women in Hebron, gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent forms of violence in their communities. These violations are rarely reported to the authorities, rendering accountability elusive. To end this vicious circle, a group of women is learning how to detect, document and report early signs of conflict-related and domestic violence in their neighbourhoods.

Press release: Virtual launch of the SHAML project in Palestine

Thursday, April 8, 2021

UN Women Palestine, in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Social Development, held a virtual ceremony today, Wednesday 7 April 2021, to launch SHAML project, aimed at “Enhancing the Protection and Reintegration of Furthest Left Behind Groups of Women and Girls Victims and Survivors of Violence in Palestine”.

Webinar: Launch of the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker in the Arab States

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On 12 April, UN Women and UNDP will co-host a webinar to launch the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker in the Arab States. The webinar will introduce the Tracker, and illustrate how stakeholders including governments, CSOs, academia and others can use the data it contains to inform and advocate for gender-responsive COVID-19 responses.

Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In her remarks at the Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér said: "With increased and better coordinated resources earmarked for women and girls, we can collectively do more, and our overall impact will increase".

Press Release: UN’s largest gathering on women’s rights delivers robust blueprint on strengthening women’s leadership and participation in public life

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, world leaders issued today a strong pledge for women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence at the closing of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), as the countdown for the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico (29 - 31 March) begins.

UN Women at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD), the primary regional mechanism for the follow up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab States region, will be held online from 29 - 31 March, hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Governor Manal Awad, working to create safer cities and public spaces for women and girls in Damietta

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In recent years, Egyptian women have held positions of leadership, but never more so than now. Currently, women make up 27% of the Parliament, 13% of the Senate and 25% of the Cabinet of Ministers. Dr. Manal Awad is one of those Egyptian women who are making their case in the leadership arena.

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