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Take Five: “It is important to have women with disabilities in sport so that they support one another”

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Hamda Al Hosani is a 33-years-old Emirati sprinter with more than 17 Special Olympic medals to her name. Since 2003, she has participated in multiple competitions in Syria, Egypt, USA, Tunisia, Greece, Jordan, Kuwait, and India.

From where I stand: “As a taxi driver, men and women passengers would tell me that this is a man’s job, and I reply: this is a job, period.”

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Golda Abu Naoum, 50, an ex-fighter from Lebanon’s civil war, can often be found weaving her taxi through the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. The 2020 port explosion triggered long standing mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts at times.

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director completes her first official visit to Egypt

Thursday, December 2, 2021

UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Sima Bahous, concluded her first official field visit to Egypt this week. In her meeting with Egypt’s Prime Minister, Moustafa Madbuly, Ms. Bahous reiterated, “UN Women’s commitment to support the Government to achieve the goals of the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030.”

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2021)

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Here at the UN, and across the world, we are celebrating those who are working to protect women and girls and defend their human rights. And we welcome new partners — governments, organizations, institutions, community groups, people everywhere — to join us, raise your voices and work together to transform lives, not only during the 16 Days of Activism, but every day.

New UN Women data confirms: Violence against women has worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The report launch kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

The United Nations, The Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Taskforce and The National Commission for Lebanese Women Launch a 16-Day Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, the International Human Rights Day, the United Nations System in Lebanon, the Sexual and Gender-based Violence Taskforce (SGBV TF) and the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) are joining forces, for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, to urge actions to end and prevent gender-based violence in the country.

Nearly half of female internet users in the Arab States fear online harassment, says new UN Women report

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

On occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2021) under the global theme, “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!", UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States launched the report “Violence against women in the online space: insights from a multi-country study in the Arab States.”

#16DaysChallenge: What are you doing to end violence against women and girls?

Monday, November 22, 2021

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2021) under the global theme, “Orange the World: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!”.

From where I stand: “Any woman who faces violence like I did should ask for help”

Thursday, November 18, 2021

After experiencing abuse at the hands of both her husband and her family, Akaber*, 42, was able to break free from violence and become financially independent to provide a better life for her children. As she recalls her experiences, she encourages other women in a similar situation to seek help.

UN Women partners with Twitter MENA, LBCI, & Annahar to launch ‘The Missing Peace’: a compelling campaign calling for women to engage in peacebuilding dialogues.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

UN Women Lebanon has partnered with Twitter MENA, LBCI & Annahar to launch a women empowerment campaign that sheds light on the importance of engaging women in dialogue and negotiations, acknowledging that equal participation is directly linked to more durable solutions and sustainable outcomes.

Believe survivors. Act now. Layla’s story, Morocco

Monday, November 15, 2021

Only 1 out of 10 women survivors of violence seek help from the police, globally. But even those that do often withdraw from the justice process due to poor responses from police or other judicial actors. Women's access to justice starts with believing survivors and taking action, every day. Through this special editorial series for the 16 Days of Activism, UN Women showcases the voices of survivors and programmes that transform lives and communities.

In the words of Noura Sahili: “After the Beirut explosion, women lost their sense of safety. We have been working to help them regain it”

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Noura Sahili, 26, is a Lebanese psychotherapist supporting women and girls to overcome the trauma of the Beirut Port explosion. She was one of 18 psychotherapists deployed just two days after the blast to an emergency relief tent set up by local NGO Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and Violence, in partnership with UN Women, to provide psychosocial support, first aid, food and hygiene kits to those affected by the explosion.

Egypt, Jordan and Palestine discuss progress of regional programme on promoting women’s access to decent jobs

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Jerusalem, Palestine - Partners to the joint programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine” gathered for the third Regional High-level Strategic Coordination Committee meeting to discuss its progress in addressing structural issues related to women’s economic empowerment and access to decent jobs.

UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank launch two reports with a focus on economic and political opportunities for all women in Lebanon

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Lebanon is facing a convergence of political, economic and social crises, all exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These crises are causing extraordinary human suffering across Lebanon and deepening gender inequalities and divides.

ITP Media Group Signs and Supports UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

Monday, October 25, 2021

ITP Media Group (ITP), one of the largest media companies in the Middle East with a portfolio of more than 80 media brands and a team of over 300 staff, is pleased to announce that it has signed the CEO Statement for Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Arab Women’s leadership and achievements celebrated at UAE Awards ceremony

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Arab Woman Awards, organized by ITP Media Group in partnership with the UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States, announced the winners for its UAE 2021 edition in a ceremony hosted in Dubai on 13 October.

UN Women, the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Embassy of Canada mark the International Day of the Girl Child with Mentorship Opportunities Between Senior Female Leaders and Afghan Students in Lebanon

Thursday, October 14, 2021

To mark the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, UN Women, the Education for Leadership in Crisis (ELC) scholarship program at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Embassy of Canada to Lebanon came together to kick off a joint mentoring initiative for female and male students from Afghanistan that are enrolled in the ELC program, with support from the US Embassy in Beirut.

Gender-sensitive investment, essential for COVID-19 recovery in the Arab States: UN Women study

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Bringing together high-level representatives from national governments, academia, civil society and the private sector, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States released today the Regional Report “Assessing macroeconomic response policies to COVID-19 in the Arab region: what implications for women’s economic empowerment?.”

Sima Bahous of Jordan sworn in as Executive Director of UN Women

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Ms. Sima Bahous, of Jordan, took the oath of office as the Executive Director of UN Women during a ceremony today in New York presided over by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Youth blog: End the Monopoly on “Peace”

Monday, September 27, 2021

Hajer Sharief is a peace advocate from Libya and the co-founder of “Together We Build it” an organization working to promote a peaceful democratic transition in Libya, inclusive of women and youth. Ms. Sharief is also a member of UN Women’s Gender Innovation Agora, a consultative platform for regular dialogue with youth established by UN Women’s Regional Office for Arab States.

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