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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.

UN Secretary General's appeal for global ceasefire

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19. Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.

COVID-19: Women front and centre

Friday, March 20, 2020

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Checklist for COVID-19 response by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér

Friday, March 20, 2020

As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls

Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.

I am Generation Equality: Ahmed Albalkhi, women’s rights and empowerment advocate

Friday, March 13, 2020

Ahmed Albalkhi, 40, is an incentive-based volunteer enrolled in the UN Women Oasis Center in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. Albalkhi is working to raise the awareness of men and boys, and encourage them to stand up for women's rights.

I am Generation Equality: Lana Ghneim, gender equality advocate

Friday, March 13, 2020

Lana Ghneim, 23, from Jordan, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Ghneim has recently graduated as a Pharmacist from the Al-Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan.

Press release: Twenty-five years after Beijing Declaration, the world “cannot afford” so few women in power

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a dragging pace, with three-quarters of parliamentary seats still held by men, according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data’s publication coincides with the 25-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, which remains the world’s most comprehensive agenda for gender equality.

Press release: Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women’s rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Press release: The United Nations in Lebanon celebrates International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Beirut, March 8, 2020 (United Nations) – On this International Women’s Day, the United Nations issues a call to action on women’s rights and gender equality in Lebanon. We recognize that ‘gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face’ and that women’s equal rights ‘offer solutions to some of the most intractable problems of our age’, as stated by the United Nations Secretary General...

Statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day by Moez Doraid, Regional Director a.i. for the Arab States

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Each year on 8 March the world celebrates International Women’s Day. This is an opportunity to take stock of the progress we have made to uphold the fundamental rights of women and girls in an evolving global, regional and national context. This year the celebration is particularly significant, as the international community celebrates several important milestones, including the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the ground-breaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the progressive global roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls.

Press release: Ahead of International Women´s Day, new UN Women report warns that progress towards gender equality is lagging and hard-fought gains are under threat

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Aligned with 2020 theme, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, the Report issues call to action to achieve gender equality and justice for this generation, 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action.

Media Advisory: Launch of the Regional Health Alliance

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

An alliance of several international health and development partners are launching a Regional Health Alliance hosted by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.

Make this the century of women’s equality: UN chief

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Speaking to faculty and students at The New School, a university in New York City, the UN chief declared himself a proud feminist and called for men everywhere to support women’s rights. UN Photo/Mark Garten UN Secretary-General António Guterres explains his commitment to gender equality at The New School in New York. 27 February 2020 Women The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday , in a call to transform the world by ensuring equal participation...

Statement for International Women’s Day by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

In her statement for International Women's Day (8 March), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls 2020 the year for gender equality and calls on everyone to tackle the persistent barriers against gender equality.

CSW 64 Advisory

Monday, March 2, 2020

In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the UN Secretary-General has suggested to the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that Member States consider amending the format and conduct of the session. Options could include holding a scaled-down, shortened session with the participation of New York-based delegations only, or postponing the session to a later date.

Press release: Safety of women and girls in public spaces is in focus at UN Women-led global forum

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Starting today, more than 200 leaders and experts from over 20 countries are meeting in Rabat, Morocco February 26- 28, 2020, to focus on strategic and effective approaches to make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls. The city of Rabat and UN Women are co-hosting the Fifth Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders’ Forum at the Sofitel Hotel. The Forum takes place in the year where the visionary Beijing Platform for Action turns 25.

Press release: Launch of UN Women’s report on women’s experiences running for parliament in Lebanon’s 2018 elections

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In late 2018 and early 2019 UN Women interviewed 75 of the women who ran for Lebanon’s 2018 Parliamentary election; with the majority of the women in the 2018 elections standing as independents or part of civil society coalitions, 89% stated that their first priority in office would have been to push forward reform on women’s rights, with youth rights and corruption issues coming tied as second and third.

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