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In the words of Fadwa Kamil: “Many people still think that journalism is a man’s job”

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Fadwa Kamel, 41, lives with her husband and four children in Zuwara, northwestern Libya. She began working as a journalist during the uprising in 2011. She was the editor-in-chief of the Amazigh-speaking Tagermas newspaper and is now Deputy Director of the Libyan Organization for Independent Media. Along with around 20 young female journalists from Libya and Tunisia, Fadwa participated in UN Women’s “Women News Fellowship Programme” supported by the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, in order to advance her gender-sensitive reporting skills and promote national reconciliation, peacebuilding, human rights and gender equality through the media. Since then, Fadwa has become a trainer of trainers, teaching young Libyan journalists how to apply a gender lens to the reporting of Libya’s affairs.

The United Nations in Lebanon Launches Fund to Support Women’s Rights Organizations to Enhance Women’s Participation in the Beirut Port Explosion Response and Recovery Process

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) together with the United Nations in Lebanon announced the launch of six grassroots projects to enhance women’s participation in the Beirut Port Explosion’s response and recovery process – alongside the official launch of the WPHF in Lebanon.

Sweden’s State Secretary for International Development Cooperation visits projects on women’s economic empowerment in Jordan

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

During her first official visit to Jordan, H.E. Ms. Janine Alm Ericson, Sweden’s State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, accompanied by Ms. Carin Jämtin, Director General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), had the opportunity to meet partners and visit activities implemented under the regional programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine”.

From where I stand: “I learned to acknowledge that even though I made a mistake, this does not define me.”

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Noura Al Outa, 33 years old, expected a bleak future after serving time in prison. With support from UN Women and its partners, she now aspires to be a renowned designer.


Monday, May 24, 2021

On behalf of the Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Women’s Empowerment, His Excellency Eng. Musa Al-Maayta, Minister of Parliamentary and Political Affairs, Dr. Salma Nims, the Secretary General of the Jordanian Commission for Women, convened the Programme Board of Jordan’s National Action Plan (JONAP)...

In the words of Jafra Nasser: “Working and raising my kids on my own in Gaza was arduous, but doing so under bombardment is indescribable”

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Jafra Nasser, 28, lives with her daughter Leen and son Omar, three and two years old respectively, in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza. She has a degree in nursing and works at the Ministry of Health. Unable to find a job in the Strip, her husband, a doctor, left for Germany three years ago and has been receiving training and hospital experience, in the hope of finding a job and filing for family reunification soon. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he has not been able to return to see his family.

In the words of Salwa Iskafi: “We are in constant fear of being forced out of our home”

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Salwa Iskafi, 62, has been living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem since 1976. Along with other families who have been living in Sheikh Jarrah for decades, Salwa and her family are at risk of losing their home to Jewish settlers after an Israeli court ordered their eviction.

UN Lebanon Joint Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Monday, May 17, 2021

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) that is observed on May 17, 2021, the United Nations and its partners issued a joint statement in solidarity with all people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

In the words of Natalie Abushahla: “I have lived through many wars in Gaza, but this time around I am a mother of three.”

Monday, May 17, 2021

After living most of her life in Dubai, 43-year-old Natalie Abushahla moved to Gaza in 2003. She and her husband decided to build a life in their hometown where she has worked for many international organizations including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United States Agency for Cooperation and Development (USAID). Natalie has two daughters, aged six and ten years old, and a two-year-old son.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia , we bring you the voices of eight LGBTIQ+ advocates sharing their stories of resisting, supporting, and healing.

ONU Femmes dénonce le meurtre de Refka Cherni et appelle à mettre fin à la violence à l'égard des femmes en Tunisie

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ONU Femmes est profondément préoccupée par les niveaux alarmants des violences de genre et domestiques que les femmes tunisiennes subissent depuis le début de la pandémie, et appelle la Tunisie à appliquer effectivement ses lois protectrices pour lutter contre ces graves violations et l’impunité.

UN Women concerned by the continuing violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and its disproportionate impact on women and children

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Statement by UN Women Palestine and UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States. UN Women joins the United Nations Secretary General and other UN entities in voicing grave concern at the continuing violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian populations and killing of innocent people, including women and children.

From where I stand: ‘The training helped us to have the confidence to dream.’

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Four years ago, Maysaa Bakri, mother of three, became the primary provider of her family when her husband, a construction worker, fell from a roof, hurt his back and lost almost all his vision. She later spent seven months in prison, for theft. She reflects on restarting her life.

From Where I Stand: “Prison was not easy, but with this support, I have been able to get past the trauma.”

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Trainee Amal Sayyed received a sewing machine as part of her certification. Photo: UN Women/Dar Al Mussawir. Amal Sayyed, 26, thought that she would never recover from the trauma and stigma of having spent time in prison. She shares her journey on finding hope, with support from UN Women and its partners, despite her painful past. In 2015 my sister and I began selling clothing in Tripoli to help sustain our families, and this work was quite successful. At one point, we recruited a...

In the words of Laila Al-Fitori Badda: “I use frustration as motivation to fight for women’s right to be part of peacebuilding in Libya.”

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Laila Al-Fitori Badda is a PhD student in Zawia, northwestern Libya. She is the Director of the Pulse of Libya Organization, a women-led NGO working to promote children, youth and women’s rights and inclusion.

UN Women, UNFPA join forces to combat rising gender-based violence in Palestine

Monday, May 3, 2021

UN Women and UNFPA have received $3 Million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) to primarily support women- and community-led organizations working to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in Palestine.

In the words of Mariam Naoum: “Competition is hard and continuity is harder. Don’t give up quickly.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mariam Naoum, 43, is an award-winning scriptwriter and women’s rights advocate. Her work addresses socio-economic challenges the marginalised face, with a particular focus on women’s issues. Naoum’s (Sard Workshop) latest movie “Between Two Seas” is a joint collaboration between the National Council for Women in Egypt, UN Women, and was made possible through the generous support of the Government of Japan and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The film is directed by Anas Tolba and produced by Axeer.

ICT trainings for women in Lebanon facilitate access to job market

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Growing up in what she refers to as an ‘unstable environment’, Rebecca, 26, spent her childhood moving around between the different homes of her divorced parents and that of grandparents who were abusive. Compelled to drop out of school in the 8 th grade, Rebecca left home at the age of 16 and has been financially independent ever since. Over the years, she has taken care of herself by taking on a variety of jobs, including working as a promoter, makeup artist and waitress. At the...

From Where I stand: “I deserve to live, and work and do whatever is needed to make my daughter happy.”

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Former Lebanese prison inmate Oula Abdo, 24, reflects on the challenges of life after prison and how she is getting back on her feet to embrace life again.

Press release: New handbook for a more effective police response to women survivors of violence launched in the Arab States

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Law enforcement representatives from the Arab States region were briefed on a new global Police Handbook that provides guidance and practical knowledge for police middle managers to protect the rights of women survivors of violence when accessing police services around the world.

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