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Arab women seek help as lockdown prompts rise in gender violence

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

In Arab countries, as in other parts of the world, women have became more exposed to gender-violence as confinement measures have removed their access to support networks. However, the silence silence around the topic, which is still considered taboo in these conservative societies, has also started to break.

Meeting of African Ministers in charge of Gender and Women’s Affairs on “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework

Monday, May 11, 2020

UN Women and the African Union in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted the inaugural meeting of African Ministers for Gender and Women’s Affairs, on 12 May 2020 under the theme “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework.”

HeForShe volunteers take over social media to raise awareness on COVID-19 and gender equality

Monday, May 11, 2020

Whether to pursue their studies on the Government’s e-learning platform or to stay in contact with families and friends, youth rely on internet to support each other during the COVID-19 lockdown. Over 500 HeForShe volunteers across Jordan are using social media to help their peers copying with the pressure of confinement, with a rich calendar of virtual initiatives to continue raising awareness on COVID-19 and gender equality. Here is a sneak peek of their work behind the scene and their message of solidarity during this difficult time.

Press release: COVID-19 risks creating and exacerbating women’s vulnerabilities and gender inequalities in Palestine, warns UN Women

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Unless gender is integrated into national and institutional efforts to combat COVID-19 in Palestine, the pandemic’s socio-economic impact would aggravate gender inequalities and women’s vulnerabilities, according to a new gender analysis by UN Women.

Supporting women’s centers to stay open amidst COVID-19 in Lebanon

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 isolation measures decreed by the Government of Lebanon in mid-March, these essential activities had come to a halt. To address the increased demand, CARE and UN Women supported a total of eight centers across the country with the essential items needed to reopen and continue emergency work safely, including liquid soap, medical gloves, medical masks, disinfectant, detergent and rubbish bags.

Using technology to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees during COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps.

Youth volunteers combat the COVID-19 epidemic of misinformation in the Arab States

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, emerging evidence shows that underlying gender inequalities are exacerbated by this crisis. As observed in previous pandemics, women are -and will be- disproportionately affected in myriad ways, including by an increased incidence of domestic violence, loss of jobs and increased unpaid care burden. Previous experiences also indicate that failing to collect gender-disaggregated data can have a negative impact in the effectiveness of the response and recovery efforts.

Women in the security sector at the frontline of the COVID-19 response

Monday, April 20, 2020

From patrolling check points to answering emergency calls, women serving in security sector agencies continue to undertake vital work across Jordan alongside their male colleagues, supporting citizens and carefully applying critical mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19. UN Women is working closely with the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), the Civil Defence Force (CDF), the Public Security Directorate (PSD) and the Gendarmerie Force to provide gender-sensitive emergency response to local communities to protect them from the virus transmission while assisting vulnerable women in need.

UN in Iraq raises the alarm: Time to endorse the anti-domestic violence law

Friday, April 17, 2020

The UN in Iraq urges the Iraqi Parliament to speed up the endorsement of the Anti-Domestic Violence Law amid alarming reports of a rise in gender-based and domestic violence cases perpetrated across the country, especially with increased household tensions as a result of the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Lebanon, art therapy helps women and girls to overcome entrenched gender inequalities

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Holding her newborn child, a young woman makes her way to the stage followed by other young women gathered around her and awaiting the reveal of her baby’s gender. Upon realizing that the newborn is a girl, cheers slowly become weeping. This art performance is held at Abjad theater, a community center located in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, in front of an audience of Lebanese and Syrian women and girls aged 13 years and older, coming from Tripoli neighborhoods including Tal, Jabal Mohsen, Kobbe, Abou Samra and Mina.

Press release: Already impoverished and impacted by insecurity and discrimination, Libyan women are likely to be hit hardest if COVID-19 takes hold in the war-torn country, UN Women warns

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tunis, April 14, 2020 - Conflict and gender-based discrimination have already taken a terrible toll on Libyan women and limited their economic, political and social opportunities. If the global pandemic establishes a foothold in the country, Libyan women are likely to be disproportionately affected by the impact. Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, Libya has endured civil conflict accompanied by human suffering, political instability and economic collapse. The new report by UN Women “...

Open letter from the Regional Directors of UNDP, UN WOMEN, UNFPA and ESCWA In the Arab States region to governments in the region

Thursday, April 9, 2020

At the beginning of this week, the United Nations Secretary-General issued an appeal to stop violence everywhere including violence in the home. As Directors of the four United Nations Agencies who have been working together to highlight the importance of Gender Justice and Equality before the law1 as a clear path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we call upon states in the Arab states region to respond to the Secretary-General’s appeal.

"Put women and girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19"—Statement by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere. But it affects different groups of people differently, deepening existing inequalities. Today we are launching a report that shows how COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights – and recommends ways to put women’s leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery.

In the words of Nadia Jaber: “I can accomplish change in my town and within my family”

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

48-year-old Nadia Jaber is a mother of four young women, the eldest of whom is 29 and the youngest 20 years old. Joining the NESWA enterprise through a project supported by Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment (LFPADE), a local NGO and UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality grantee, in her southern village of Yanouh, enabled her to transit from being a small-scale producer to an entrepreneur.

In the words of Fatena Mahli: “Together we are stronger”

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Fatena Mahli (40) fled the war in Aleppo to Gaziantep, Turkey, eight years ago. She now works as a professional Turkish-Arabic interpreter at community centers in Gaziantep, where refugee children and their families are provided with psycho-social counselling and other protection services. She also participates in activities organized by the SADA Women’s Empowerment and Solidarity Center which aim to empower Turkish and refugee women and support social cohesion between their communities.

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020

With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: Violence against women.

United Nations Secretary-General Statement on Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19

Monday, April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and economic devastation around the world. I recently called for an immediate global ceasefire to focus on our shared struggle to overcome the pandemic. I appealed for an end to violence everywhere, now. But violence is not confined to the battlefield.

Gender and COVID-19 in the Arab States

Thursday, March 26, 2020

We are currently living through a period of significant change and uncertainty, as governments, with the support of the World Health Organisation, respond to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolving international public health. While all our lives are affected by the impact of COVID-19, it is vital that global, regional and national response plans address the specific implications for the health and safety of women and girls, and consider the key roles and responsibilities that women and girls undertake.

I am Generation Equality: Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, champion for women, education and disability rights

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, 40, is a Syrian refugee enrolled as an incentive-based volunteer in the UN Women Oasis Center, in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. She is actively empowering women, youth and people with disabilities to stand up for that rights and pursue their education.

Women and COVID-19: Five things governments can do now

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia takes a look at how impacts of COVID-19 are hitting women hardest, and how governments around the world can address these issues.

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