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The United Nations Celebrates Women Leaders of Change in Lebanon on International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Beirut, Lebanon Monday, March 8, 2021 (United Nations) – On March 8, International Women’s Day, the United Nations honors women who are on the frontline of their fight against COVID-19. Today, on International Women’s Day, the UN pays tribute to the countless women in Lebanon, striving in their communities to combat the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, its health, economic and social effects on the country. While trying to mitigate the effects of this deadly pandemic,...

Lebanon Must Declare Violence against Women a National Emergency

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The extreme violence inflicted on her generated brief outrage on social media and will quickly be forgotten to everyone but her. The form of violence she was subjected to is so common and pervasive that it has become normal; an expected part of our everyday lives and news cycles—and for too many, part and parcel of being a woman.

From where I stand: ‘I believe everyone is a potential leader’.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Haifa Dammad knows the struggles of being the sole breadwinner of a family. Reflecting on her life between two crises, she discusses her engagement as community leader in the Za’atari refugee camp of Jordan, helping other women to gain news skills and access to information.   Haifa Dammad, 33, has found an incentive-based volunteer opportunity as tailor supervisor at the UN Women’s Oasis Centre in Za’atari refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Marta Garbarino  ...

Ramallah centre steps up as front-line refuge for women amid COVID crisis

Monday, March 8, 2021

A One-Stop Centre in Ramallah has been pressed into service as medium-term safe accommoda-tion, a quarantine centre, and more, to ensure women have somewhere to escape violence at home throughout the pandemic and lockdown.

Joint Statement by Muhannad Hadi, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis and Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States, on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Monday, March 8, 2021

As we mark the grim tenth anniversary of the crisis in Syria in the context of a deepening humanitarian situation, compounded by the impacts of an economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to redouble efforts to advance women’s rights and to further strengthen women’s voices and leadership.

Press release: New UN Women publication outlines successful modalities for Arab women to participate meaningfully in peace talks

Monday, March 8, 2021

To support women’s access to male-dominated formal peace talks in the Arab States region, UN Women and the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh set out modalities that women peacemakers can follow to ensure they have their rightful seat at the table.

Providing safe spaces for survivors of violence, even during COVID-19

Monday, March 8, 2021

Gender-based violence (GBV) rooms provide safe and private spaces for survivors of violence seeking medical, psychological, and social support in the West Bank and Gaza. Through the HAYA Joint Programme, UNFPA is working with the Ministry of Health in Palestine to ensure these safe spaces and services are available to everyone in need.

Joint statement on International Women’s Day: UN Women Arab States Regional Director, Ms. Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen and UNFPA ASRO Regional Director, Dr. Luay Shabaneh

Sunday, March 7, 2021

UNFPA and UN Women acknowledge the heroic role female healthcare workers have played in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Women make up nearly 80 per cent of the regional healthcare workforce.

Communiqué de presse : Pour mieux reconstruire et mettre fin à la violence basée sur le genre, ONU Femmes et le PNUD, avec le soutien du gouvernement du Canada, lancent le programme «Lutter contre la violence basée sur le genre (VBG) post-COVID 19 en Tunisie»

Friday, March 5, 2021

ONU Femmes et le PNUD lancent ce 8 mars 2021, le programme « Lutter contre la violence basée sur le genre (VBG) post-COVID 19 en Tunisie », financé par le Gouvernement du Canada. Ce programme, qui s’étale sur deux ans, sera mis en œuvre dans le but de mettre fin à la violence basée sur le genre, en particulier la marginalisation socioéconomique exacerbée par les retombées socio-économiques de la pandémie COVID-19 et les mesures de confinement qui lui avaient été associées.

Syrian women: Leading towards a peaceful Syria

Friday, March 5, 2021

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the leadership and determination of Syrian women, by sharing the voices of some of the countless women who have persevered on the frontlines over the last 11 years, working together to ensure women’s meaningful participation in Syria’s political process.

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Kaouther Kotersi, breaking barriers for people living with disabilities in Tunisia

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Kotersi knows a thing or two about determination and resilience. She was only 13 years old when she was involved in an accident that resulted in her losing her ability to walk. This marked the beginning of a long and difficult journey to fulfil her ambitions. Growing up in Ajim, a rural community in Djerba, which is an island in the south of Tunisia, she endured backlash and constant discouragement from those around her.

Take five: Interview with artist Zainab Fasiki

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Zainab Fasiki, 26, is a comic artist and mechanical engineer born in Fez, Morocco. From a very young age she was interested in drawing and robotics. At age 15, she began to draw comics on her tablet and computer.

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Caroline Fattal, one the “most powerful Arab women in business” dedicated to supporting Lebanese women entrepreneurs

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Lebanese businesswoman Caroline Fattal, 49 years old, has been named one of the “Most Powerful Arab Women in Business” by Forbes Middle East in 2014, 2015, 2017 and again last year, in 2020. Co-founder of Stand for Women, a Lebanon-based NGO, she has dedicated much of her time since 2017 to helping more female entrepreneurs enter and grow in the local economy and to take on leadership positions in the private sector. Since the August 2020 Beirut explosion, Fattal and Stand for Women have partnered with UN Women to support small women-owned businesses that were impacted by the explosion.

Online CSW65 side event: Gender Justice and Equality before the Law

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Jordanian National Commission for Women, the Moroccan Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS), with financial support from the Government of Japan, will host a regional online event titled “Gender Justice & Equality before The Law: Implications of inequality before the law for full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence against women” on March 23, 2021.

Migrants and their support groups review priorities of migrant women, children and youth in the Arab States

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

About a hundred migrants and their support groups, including regional and national networks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community and faith-based organizations, academia, private sector, media, and UN representatives attended an online consultation on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) for women migrant workers, migrant children and youth in the Arab states region on 15 February 2021.

[Report Launch] Reflecting One Year Later: Lebanon’s Shadow Pandemic

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Since the first COVID-19 case was detected in in Lebanon in February 2020, the shadow pandemic of violence that has run parallel against women has yet to flatten its curve. Evidence across the country indicates that the risks have soared, along with call volumes on domestic violence hotlines, with strong indications of increased prevalence and severity.

UN Secretary-General Remarks to the opening of the high-level segment of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council

Monday, February 22, 2021

In his remarks at the opening of the high-level segment of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: "No human rights scourge is more prevalent than gender inequality".

Take five: “Women should lead the conversation on gender equality”

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hayat Mirshad is a 32-year-old Lebanese feminist, human rights activist and gender, communications and advocacy expert. As co-founder of the feminist collective FE-MALE in Lebanon, she advocates against discriminatory gender norms and policies and works closely with UN Women’s Men and Women for Gender Equality programme funded by the Government of Sweden. The programme works to change behaviours and social norms for gender equality in the Arab States. Mirshad is also a member of UN Women’s Gender Innovation Agora and was recognized as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2020 for her activism on women’s rights. In this interview, she shares her journey of fighting gender inequity and explains how to rally for wide-reaching and sustainable impact.

From where I stand: “I hope that no woman or girl will ever hesitate to learn a new skill because the experience could change their lives, the way it changed mine”

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mayada Mohamed ElShalaby, 36-year-old is a Syrian refugee living in Cairo with her family. Mayada is a former Amigurumi trainee and one of the current Amigurumi artists and trainers at “Vandi”, which is a social enterprise that UN Women Egypt collaborates with to provide skills training and employment opportunities for refugee and Egyptian women. ElShalaby talks to us about her professional journey and her personal ambitions. ElShalaby (in the middle) inside Vandi’s...

Press release: ONU Femmes en Tunisie lance « Parce que je suis un homme » appelant à lutter contre les inégalités de genre pendant la COVID-19 et après

Friday, February 12, 2021

Non seulement la COVID-19 a eu des effets dévastateurs sur les plans sanitaires, économique et sociales en Tunisie, mais a aussi exacerbé la violence et l’inégalité de genre ainsi que la précarité et paupérisation des femmes et des filles, tout en augmentant leurs tâches domestiques.

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