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In South Lebanon, Maryam Dhaini is committed to turn NESWA into a successful and competitive women agri-food line

Friday, February 21, 2020

Maryam Dhaini lives in South Lebanon, a Governorate in need of more jobs, especially for women, and where the unemployment rate is 5 per cent (according to Lebanon’s National Investment Promotion Agency). At 34, this mother and social sciences student has earned more independence after joining her village’s women cooperative, supported by the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment, a UN Women Fund for Gender Equality grantee.

Women’s Participation in Entrepreneurship is necessary to world peace

Sunday, February 16, 2020

By Salam Al-Nukta (Syria). Member of the Gender Innovation Agora and the Beijing+25 Youth Task Force Although the world has been witnessing progressive actions in reforming peace and economic prosperity, the gender gap in the participation of women in the economy remains huge and doesn’t respond fast enough to the ambitious aspirations put forward in 1995 by 189 countries at the United Nations World Fourth Conference in Beijing.

Press release: Joint-UN WOMEN and CARE Open Day

Monday, February 10, 2020

Beirut, February 7, 2020 – UN Women in partnership with CARE International hosted today an Open Day in Akkar, at the Bebnin Municipal playground. The event featured several activities undertaken in the context of the project, “Strengthening the Economic Empowerment and Protection of Women and Girls Lebanon”, funded by the Governments of Japan, Norway and Finland, in addition to Ford Foundation and implemented by CARE International, in coordination with the Ministry of Social...

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Thursday, February 6, 2020

On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on everyone to harness the power of innovation and technology as drivers of change, and work together to empower all women and girls across the science fields. 

Statement of Dr. Moez Doraid, Regional Director a.i. for the Arab States On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

There is no greater tragedy that can befall any society than the loss of its children, and even more so when their lives are taken through senseless, unnecessary and cruel acts. Just one week ago, people across the Arab States region were shocked and dismayed to learn of the death of 12 year-old Nada in Assiut Governorate, Egypt, while undergoing the outlawed practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at a private clinic.

Press release: UN Women and the Supreme Council for Women Bahrain celebrate the winners of the HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global and National Awards for Women’s Empowerment and Advancement

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Bahrain Supreme Council for Women held the awards ceremony for the sixth round of the HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa National Award for Women’s Advancement under the patronage and in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain, First Lady, and President of the Supreme Council for Women. The event was held at Isa Cultural Center in the presence of senior national authorities including HE Hala Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women, and United Nations officials and representatives of Bahrain’s civil society and private sector.

Press release: UN Women and the World Scout Bureau Arab Support Centre partnership puts youth in the lead for a gender equal region

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States and the World Scout Bureau Arab Support Centre in Cairo signed a memorandum of understanding to promote gender equality and contribute to the development of young people from the region in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their national and regional communities.

Yemeni women’s organizations learn from and share experiences with peers in the region

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab region, is experiencing a complex war and humanitarian crisis. The conflict has added layers of vulnerability for women and girls and exacerbated existing gender inequalities in the country. In 2019, Yemen was ranked second lowest (151st out 152 countries) for women’s political empowerment at the national level, and also low in other gender indexes, such as economic participation, educational attainment, and health and survival. Yemeni women have been able to lead in social leadership by acting as first responders and informal peacemakers at the local level and providing representation to women in front of male leaders, but they have not been able to participate in political leadership due in part to inaccurate notions that women are emotionally weak and incapable of undertaking formal decision-making roles in society.

Press release: National Launch of the Progress of the World's Women report in Morocco

Friday, January 17, 2020

According to the thematic report of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment Women entitled " Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World", women's rights have progressed over the past decades as families around the world have become safe haven for love and solidarity, however, they still constitute a place where some fundamental human rights violations occur and where inequality between the gender continues to take place. This June 2019 report reviews how transformations within the family affect women's rights and reveal that most countries can develop family-friendly policies.

In lead up to Generation Equality Forum, Action Coalition themes announced

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Today, UN Women, together with feminists across the world, and the Governments of Mexico and France, announced the Action Coalition themes for the Generation Equality Forum to be held in Mexico City and Paris this year.

Press release: Support for violence against women and radicalization go hand in hand in Libya, a new major UN Women study finds

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Libyan women have been at the frontlines of advocating for women’s rights and against extremism in Libya. Their wide participation in the popular uprising that toppled the Gaddafi government led many to believe that the revolution would bring more empowerment and equality for women. Instead, Libyan women have faced growing restrictions on their freedom of movement, everyday violence and policing in public spaces.

Standing by Roaa to Obtain Justice for her Daughter

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Roaa Abdul Sattar in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: Courtesy of Tajdid. Roaa Abdul Sattar, 54, lost her husband to Iraq’s sectarian war in 2011. This forced her and her daughter, Nour, to leave Baghdad and take refuge in the city of Mosul. But the safety they found there was short-lived. In 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over Mosul, with devestating consequences for its residents. Upon arriving in the city, ISIL arrested many of its residents. Roaa and her...

Arab States’ experts provide recommendations to address human trafficking of women and girls in the region

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Gender experts from governments, civil society and international organizations from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates met in Cairo to discuss trends, challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) , which calls on State parties to suppress all forms of trafficking in women and girls. At the meeting, experts from the region defined and...

In the words of Ivan Bahri: "Work has helped me break the barrier of fear."

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ivan at her home speaking to a social worker from Tajdid about her work. Photo: Tajdid Ivan Bahri, a 27-year-old Kurd woman, lives in the old city of Mosul with her family of ten. Due to limited income, the family faces difficult economic conditions. Ivan’s father works in construction and struggles to make a living. Despite his taxing work, he is determined to allow his children to continue their education. "My family lives on the little daily wage that my father earns from his...

Press release: Arab States pledge to reduce gender pay gap in the region

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Amman, 17 December 2019 – Government, business and civil society representatives from ten countries across the Arab region met in Amman to learn more about the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) and pledge their support to promoting pay equity between women and men.

Sports Event in Palestine Calls for Girls and Boys to Celebrate Gender Equality through Sports

Monday, December 16, 2019

UN Women, PACES Charity, and UNICEF organized a one-day sports event in Ramallah, Palestine, to raise awareness on the importance of promoting gender equality in every aspect of life, including sports, within the framework of UN Women’s “Generation Equality” campaign, as well as the global celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Youth put a spotlight on gender equality at a sustainable development conference

Monday, December 16, 2019

Cairo, 3 November 2019. The Arab Sustainable Development Week (ASDGWeek) is an annual forum convened by the League of Arab States and partners to discuss efforts and challenges in the region regarding achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Take five: Morocco’s Anti-Trafficking Law and its link to migration

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Amina Oufroukhi is President of the International Judicial Cooperation Department headed by the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Kingdom of Morocco.

International Women’s Day 2020 theme— "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The League of Arab States, UN Women and UNFPA renew a shared commitment to address violence against women

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Government, UN and Youth representatives renew their commitment to EVAW in the Arab States. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim In the context of the global campaign for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the League of Arab States (LAS), UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States and UNFPA Arab States Regional Office met to renew a shared commitment and strong partnership to prevent and address violence against women and girls (VAWG) and support survivors in the Arab States...

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