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Press release: New UN Women reports reveal the impacts of COVID-19 on Violence Against Women in the Arab States

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

To better understand the implications of the pandemic and to assess its effects on gender equality and violence against women, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) conducted a web-survey in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen focused on gender roles, and attitudes and practices related to gender equality and violence against women. A total of 16,462 respondents took part in the survey.

Webinar: Introduction to the Gender Innovation Agora

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

To commemorate International Youth Day (August 12), UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) will organize a webinar to introduce the Gender Innovation Agora (GIA), a consultative forum and dialogue platform for young people in the Arab States, established by UN Women in 2018.

Online briefing: The Unheard Voices of the Lockdown

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) is hosting an online briefing to present the preliminary results of two rapid assessments conducted to document the impacts of COVID-19 on gender equality and violence against women in the Arab States region.

In the Words of Ihsan Hatab: “I want to teach blind people how to take photos”

Monday, August 3, 2020

Lebanese Photographer Ihsan Hatab. Photo: UN Women/ Dar Al Mussawir Ihsan Hatab, from Beirut, was 13 years old when the doctors diagnosed her with Stargardt disease, a genetic eye disorder that causes visual impairment. Now, at 29 years old, and with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, this Lebanese woman is getting ready to launch her own business in photography and filmmaking after joining a photography training supported by UN Women and the Safadi Foundation, with the...

In Yemen, women face added challenges posed by COVID-19 amidst ongoing armed conflict

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has cut short the success of many small businesses in Yemen, and the closure of schools has increased the burden of care for mothers.

In the words of Suz: “I was on the verge of collapse, now I am starting my life anew”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Suz*, 32, was forced to marry against her will at the age of 15. In 2015, she ran away from her husband and sought refuge in a shelter managed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Despite the risks, Sarin Abdallah is determined to keep sheltered women safe

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Sarin Abdallah, a 33 year-old psychologist from the Sulaymaniyah Governorate in Iraq, visited a women’s shelter* in Kurdistan for the first time in 2012 while accompanying a colleague who was doing research on the facility’s services. Because the center was located in the district where she grew up, Sarin quickly developed a connection with it and applied for a six-month internship. After the internship, she was appointed as a psychosocial counsellor at the shelter.

Press release: Japan supports UN Women to respond to the needs of women and girls in the midst of COVID-19

Sunday, July 26, 2020

With generous support from the Government of Japan, UN Women will implement programmes aimed at supporting women and girls impacted by COVID-19 in the Arab States region.

The COVID-19 crisis in Morocco disrupts value chains for women’s cooperatives

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Following the declaration of a state of emergency in Morocco due to COVID-19, rural women are struggling to maintain their cooperatives.

Press release: Launch of UN Women’s policy Brief on Gender-Responsive Recovery in Lebanon

Sunday, July 19, 2020

In Lebanon, a forthcoming UN Women study finds that the effect of the current economic contraction on women’s overall employment in Lebanon is estimated to result in a 14-19% reduction in women’s employment. In a country where the rate of women’s labour market participation stands at 29%, this estimate is of significant concern.

Call for youth-led organization applications for Generation Equality Action Coalitions leadership

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The call for youth-led organizations to apply for leadership positions in the six  Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions  has been re-opened. UN Women would like to ensure a strong intergenerational focus of the Action Coalitions and place the needs of adolescent girls and young women at the center of the Action Coalitions. The Action Coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together Member States, International Organizations, United...

Press release: UN Member States announce next years’ Commission on the Status of Women themes as its 64th session concludes

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the largest annual gathering on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the UN, concluded its 64th session in a virtual meeting, and announced next year session will focus on women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence.

Women as drivers of economic recovery and resilience during COVID-19 and beyond

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In a statement to G20 Finance Ministers ant Central Bank Governors, UN Women and Women 20 (W20) call for COVID-19 recovery plans to address women’s distinct economic roles, contributions and constraints, and put women at the centre of investment design to realize sustainable recovery.

Press release: UN Women and Women 20 call on G20 members to Recognize Women as Drivers of Economic Recovery and Resilience during COVID-19 and Beyond

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Amidst a COVID-19 pandemic that is expected to cause an unprecedented global economic downturn, UN Women, the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and Women 20 (W20), the official G20 engagement group on women, today called on G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to put women at the heart of recovery efforts.

In Gaza, helping mothers reunite with children separated by the COVID-19 lockdown

Monday, July 13, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown in Palestine left many women with no legal backing to secure child visitation and custody rights. Former partners took advantage of the legal paralysis to prevent mothers from seeing their children or to stop sending alimony. A joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF has trained lawyers and provided free legal aid for 371 Palestinian women.

Youth blog: Reflecting on the Beijing+25 Road in times of COVID-19

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Marwa Azelmat is feminist advocate and an IT engineer from Morocco. She has worked in the development of programmes and policies addressing violent extremism and gender through the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She has conducted research and advocacy work on women’s digital rights and online gender-based violence. She is a member of UN Women’s Youth Gender Innovation Agora.

Press release: New UN Women video highlights women’s challenges and needs in the context of COVID-19

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with UN Women Liaison Office for the GCC released today the video ‘#WomenAndCOVID’, a public service announcement (PSA) highlighting the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls in the Arab States region, and the urgency need to prioritize the fundamental rights of women in response and recovery efforts.

Despite compounding challenges, women in Iraq play vital roles in the country’s COVID-19 response

Monday, July 6, 2020

Despite the unprecedented challenges, Iraqi women are playing vital roles in the country’s COVID-19 response, serving as leaders, health and social workers, and responders to domestic and gender-based violence.

COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa: Impact on women's economic empowerment and policy responses

Monday, July 6, 2020

UN Women, UNDP and OECD will host a webinar on Wednesday 8 July to take a closer look at governments’ investments in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will discuss the role of the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs) as supporters of, and beneficiaries from, an economic recovery process that is gender-responsive. The event will be attended by policymakers, CSOs and private sector representatives to discuss and contribute ideas for future gender-responsive policy.

Op-ed: Put women at the centre of Syria crisis response

Thursday, July 2, 2020

By UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, on the occasion of the Brussels IV Syria Conference

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