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Dealing with the memories of the Lebanese civil war through theatre

Thursday, September 16, 2021

During the Lebanese civil war, people's daily lives were shaped by an armed conflict that left long-lasting repercussions, unhealed traumas, and memories untold. Through art theatre, women and girls are embarking on a journey to seek the truth, foster collective remembrance, and ultimately, move towards reconciliation.  Performers set the scene of an old factory setting on the Sunflower Theatre stage in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: UN Women/Dar Al Mussawir In Badaro, a neighbourhood in...

Secretary-General appoints Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women

Monday, September 13, 2021

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.

UN Women Statement in Response to Women’s Representation in New Lebanese Cabinet

Friday, September 10, 2021

UN Women welcomes the formation of the new Government of Lebanon announced on September 10, 2021 as a necessary and important step in addressing the country’s deep economic crisis.

From where I stand: "Women and youth can play a significant role in building a peaceful nation"

Thursday, September 9, 2021

In the small village of Deir Qanoun En Nahr, South Lebanon, Lubna Ezzeddine, a certified mediator, has made it her mission to empower women and youth as peacebuilding mediators to foster a community of trust. After participating in a community mediation programme in 2019, Lubna, together with five other women, was granted a scholarship to obtain a Professional Certification in Mediation Skills.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director calls for increased financing for gender equality at Egypt’s global International Cooperation Forum

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia highlighted the important role innovative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda at Egypt’s global International Cooperation Forum.

Women and girls raise their voices to demand equality under the law in Morocco

Sunday, September 5, 2021

After she ended her relationship with her boyfriend of five years, Malika Saidi’s* life was turned upside down. To ‘punish’ her, her ex-boyfriend threatened to upload sex videos of her (that he had taped without her consent) to social media, and to send the videos to her family and colleagues, to destroy her reputation.

In the words of Mariam: “Once I had a lawyer with me, everything changed”

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Mariam*, 47, lived with an abusive husband for 17 years before leaving him in 2018. After seeking protection and legal help from KAFA, a Lebanese non-governmental organization and a UN Women partner - through the generous support from the Government of Netherlands, she regained the strength she thought was lost.

Strengthening women’s meaningful participation in peace processes

Monday, August 30, 2021

Activists and advocates who participated in the global convening on “Gender-Inclusive Peace Processes: Strengthening Women’s Meaningful Participation through Constituency Building." explore good practices and strategies for gender-inclusive constituency building and the links between constituency building and women’s meaningful participation in formal peace processes.

Youth blog: Climate Change and COVID-19: Two crises that threaten gender equality

Friday, August 20, 2021

Racha Zahira Ammati is an international gender and development consultant from Morocco. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and International Cooperation.

Youth blog: Inclusive peacebuilding and women’s human rights in the digital age

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Yasmina Benslimane is a young human rights advocate from Morocco. She is the founder of Politics4Her, a feminist youth-led blog and movement that encourages young women and girls’ inclusive participation in politics. Ms. Benslimane has worked with human rights entities, non-governmental organizations and different UN agencies. She also participated in UN Women’s Young Women Peacebuilders Programme.

From where I stand: “I want to leave a significant imprint in the society”

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Roa’a Al-Fased, 14, is a member of the girls’ administrative board of Toward a Better Tomorrow Association (Nagat), a community-based organization that supports vulnerable women and girls in East Amman and Mafraq to access sexual and reproductive health services, while raising awareness on gender-based violence, with the support of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.

Amal Barakeh, a peacebuilding trailblazer for Libyan women

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Amal Barakeh was born in Tawergha, some 40 kilometers south of Misrata in Libya. After the separation of her parents, she lived with her father and his family in Misrata. Her mother also remarried and formed her own family in Tawergha. Having good relations with both families, she used to travel back and forth between the two cities which had been bound by marital and neighborly ties for decades, until the civil war broke out in 2011.

Statement by UN Women on the situation in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

In line with the statement by the UN Secretary-General, UN Women remains fully committed to support women and girls in Afghanistan. We will remain operational and engaged with our partners at this critical juncture for the country.

A new Safe Space established for women and girls survivors of violence

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Women and girls survivors of violence will benefit from the services of a new Safe Space managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Badaro, supported by UN Women and with the generous contributions of the Governments of Japan, Norway and Finland. The Safe Space established by CARE International is aimed at ensuring greater protection for women and girls from violence and exploitation.

I am Generation Equality: Kehkashan Basu, feminist youth leader and environmentalist from the UAE

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Kehkashan Basu is the Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation, a global social innovation enterprise that works at a grass roots level in 25 countries, empowering young people, especially those from vulnerable communities, in sustainable development. Basu is a member of the World Humanitarian Forum Youth Council and Co-Lead of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice. She is committed to amplifying the voices of young people, women and girls, in decision-making processes.

I am Generation Equality: Bouchra Karboub, Police Inspector and international football referee

Sunday, August 8, 2021

I have always dreamt of being a football referee, but it was a dream that seemed to be unreachable at the time: I come from a small conservative town; therefore, it was difficult for my family to accept the fact that I wanted to pursue my career in sports.

Take Five: “Young people are the leaders of the food systems transformation”

Friday, August 6, 2021

Maryam Aleisa is the founder and Executive Director of Refood, a non-profit company dedicated to reducing and repurposing food waste in Kuwait.

Youth blog: Why we need women with disabilities in peacebuilding

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Batool Abuali, is a peacebuilder and a youth and social advocate from Syria. Since she was a child, she has lived with muscle dystrophy. As a young woman and as a person with a disability, she has worked to promote equality and inclusion.

One year after the Beirut Port explosion, women’s organizations reflect on the needs of women and girls

Monday, August 2, 2021

The deadly explosion that hit the Beirut Port on August 4, 2020, claiming the lives of over 200 people, injuring thousands, and destroying hundreds of thousands of houses and businesses created urgent humanitarian needs and impacted many people living in the stricken areas and beyond.

Gender-based Mediation

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Fawzya Alshami is a Palestinian journalist based in the Gaza Strip where she works at the Women’s Affairs Center, a knowledge and information center dedicated to women that plays a leading role in empowering women and advocating for their rights and achieving equality in the Palestinian sustainable development process. She is one of the 77 young women from the Arab States region participating in UN Women’s Young Women Peacebuilders Programme.

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