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When fathers share the care

Thursday, June 18, 2020

As COVID-19 impacts parents around the world, sharing the care work is critical. This Palestinian couple living in a refugee camp in Lebanon shows how it’s done.

Reforming the laws that forced women to marry their rapists

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Years of collective mobilization, strategizing and innovation by women’s rights groups culminated in the repeal or reform of archaic laws across the Northern Africa and Western Asia region

Press release: The National Commission for Lebanese Women signs a memorandum of understanding with UN Women to enhance the role of women in the areas of security, peace and political, social and economic life

Monday, July 15, 2019

Beirut, 15 July 2019 - The National Commission for Lebanese Women, represented by its President Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz, signed today a memorandum of understanding with UN Women, represented by its Head in Lebanon and Country Programme Manager, Ms. Rachel Dore-Weeks, at the NCLW’s premises in Hazmieh and in the presence of NCLW’s members and UN Women’s team. This memorandum aims at coordinating efforts between the National Commission for Lebanese Women and UN Women to...

Ask an Activist: What do you think is the role of youth in ending violence against women and girls?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Hayat Mirshad is a Lebanese feminist activist. In 2012, she initiated the first-ever feminist radio programme in Lebanon “Sharika wa Laken” (A Partner Not Yet Equal), where she remains as one of the web and content managers. She is a co-founder and co-director at FE-MALE, a non-profit feminist collective, and head of communications and campaigning at the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering- RDFL, a women’s rights organization working for gender equality in Lebanon for more than 40 years. She is also a member of UN Women’s Youth Gender Innovation Agora. Hayat attended the Regional Youth Forum on Ending Violence against Women supported by the Government of Japan

From where I stand: “Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household’s income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to a profitable entrepreneur.

In Lebanon, healing the wounds of violence through theatre

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Through participatory theatre performances using acting and puppetry, women and men in Lebanon are speaking up to claim their rights, with some going on to become community mobilizers.

Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists.

Historic day for women in Lebanon as Parliament repeals rape law

Friday, August 18, 2017

On the heels of Jordan and Tunisia scrapping discriminatory rape laws, the Lebanese Parliament agreed on 16 August, to abolish the Penal Code Article 522, the infamous “rape law” or “rape-marriage” law, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married his victim.

UN Women and Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs Join Forces for the Benefit of Lebanese Women

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Aiming at showcasing future humanitarian projects to be implemented in Lebanon in 2017-2018, and seeking out mechanisms to execute its various phases, UN Women and the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs held a technical and coordination meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 18 th, 2017. The purpose of the projects funded by several donors including Japan Government, Ford Foundation and UN Human Security Fund, is to create an environment in which every woman and girl exercises her human rights...

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same.

UN Women kicks of International Women’s Day with appeal for ending GBV in Lebanon

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Despite significant advances in programming and policy, gender-based violence remains pervasive in Lebanon. An estimated one in three women experiences physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Thus, UN Women is putting the GBV at the center of its efforts in connection with the International Women’s Day, at a critical time when the humanitarian situation and fragile contexts are mushrooming across the region with grave impact on women and girls.  Under the...

Arab and European parliamentarians to meet at ‘Spring Forward for Women’ Conference

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Brussels — The European Commission, the European Parliament and UN Women this morning kicked off the two-day Spring Forward for Women conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Conference brings together women lawmakers from the Arab States and Members of the European Parliament. Participants will share their experiences in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in both the European Union and the Arab States.

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