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Press release: UN Women and partners release an app to boost women’s contribution to peacemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

UN Women, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Political Settlements Research Program, the Monash University Gender, Peace and Security Center, and Inclusive Peace have developed PeaceFem, a mobile application containing vital information on women’s participation in peace efforts. A contribution to the growing field of ‘peacetech’ that utilizes technology to achieve peace and security, PeaceFem brings together data and resources on women and peacemaking in one easy-to-use app available in English and Arabic.

Press release: UN Women and CARE Palestine WBG partner to promote gender equality

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

UN Women and CARE Palestine West Bank/Gaza launched today a joint campaign to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as part of the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, in partnership with civil society on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive blueprint to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Including widows in the work to “build back better” from COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

In a statement for International Widows Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "Widows must not be left out of our work to “build back better” from COVID-19. Let us ensure that our recovery prioritizes their unique needs and supports societies to be more inclusive, resilient and equal for all".

Press release: collecting data and informing policies to support women and girls in the Arab States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

From the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, UN Women across the Arab States region has mobilized efforts to collect essential data in order to inform, advise and shape the response and recovery strategies in the region.

Trained in self-defence, Lebanese women find new confidence

Sunday, June 21, 2020

In Beirut’s southern suburbs, testimonies of women who have faced abuse paint a very dark picture. Gathered at Ghubairi’s Social Development Center, a government managed multipurpose space providing services to the community, many women recall having experienced sexual harassment which sometimes escalated to actual attempts of rape.

Restoring the role of fathers within the family

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Traditional gender roles have for a long time segregated the roles of parents at home – with mothers usually fully responsible for raising children while fathers act mainly as providers, with little involvement in child-raising. With an aim to promote more active roles for fathers within their families – including their fundamental influence on children – UN Women Egypt in partnership with the National Council for Women organized a “Father and Child” camp to raise awareness of fathers on their essential role and strengthen their bond with their children.

Connected by their phones, women peacebuilders lead COVID-19 prevention efforts across Libya

Friday, June 19, 2020

Separated by their country’s divisions, both geographically and politically, 36 Libyan women have since used their phones to connect, discuss and overcome their differences in the interest of one goal: Peace.

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.

Meet the Syrian women baking up new confidence and preparing healthy meals to 29,000 children every day

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The smell of freshly baked pastries lingers in the air of the HealthyKitchen in the Azraq refugee camp. Leena Ahmed Al-Faraj, 25, a Syrian refugee from Der Zoor, has just finished her six-hour shift, baking healthy meals that will be packaged and distributed to 10,000 children in the six schools of the Azraq camp.

Turkish and Syrian women manifest solidarity to respond to COVID-19

Thursday, June 18, 2020

To circumvent lockdown and social distancing measures, a group of women call to check in on vulnerable Turkish and Syrian women and offer support. These phone calls are part of the “Home to Home Solidarity Programme” jointly run by UN Women and the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (KEDV).

From where we stand: Our journey of resilience and empowerment between two crises.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Ten years since the start of the conflict, with more than 5.6 million people fled Syria to neighboring countries and Jordan is currently hosting more than 747,031 Syrian refugees. Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict and displacement, and they are now facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

From Where I Stand: “To empower women, we must ensure they know how to access legal services.”

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Samaher, 35, a Syrian refugee woman living in the Za’atari camp, has made it her goal to raise awareness among other women about protection and legal services available in the camp. In the context of protracted displacement, the uncertainty on where to seek help in case of need is another important layer of complexity to violence for vulnerable women. Restrictions of movement due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak further aggravated refugees’ capacity to access legal services. UN Women and the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) work to ensure that vulnerable women like Samaher have information and knowledge of how to access protection and legal services during the crisis and confinement. Today her outreach goes beyond the camp.

Online regional dialogue: Women’s Leadership in the context of COVID-19 in the Arab States Region

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with the Arab Women Parliamentarians' Network for Equality (Ra’edat) will host a regional Dialogue on women’s leadership in the Arab states region in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From where I Stand: “It is your right as a woman, as a refugee and as a human, to become empowered.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

After fleeing the war in Syria in 2015 to find safety in Jordan, Hadeel Dohs*had to face domestic violence within the four walls of her own home. Managing to escape into the night, she finally found peace and hope in Azraq refugee camp, where she is rebuilding her life through her new role as a childcare teacher and accessing protection services offered in the UN Women Oasis center.

From Where I stand: "From one crisis to another, we must learn to support each other."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ten years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic brought new challenges for vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls living in Jordan. Amid the second big crisis in her life, Bushra Alhariri had to find new strengths to cope with the situation and, as a community mobilizer, is now helping more than 150 women in the Za’atari refugee camp through the UN Women Oasis by sharing reliable information on COVID-19 and national preventive measures.

From where I stand: “My husband would not allow me to leave the house, now I’m financially independent”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ten years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, refugee women continue to face multiple challenges during displacement. Home to 36,657 refugees, in the Azraq refugee camp 1 in 4 households are headed by women. Noor Ali Halam*, from Dara’a, is one of them and, since 2017 she is the sole provider for her six children. At the UN Women’s Oasis center, she was able to find her first job and the support network she needed to rebuild her life.

From where I stand: “It was an incredible feeling to be back again in the classroom.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Za’atari refugee camp is home to 76,378 refugees, of which 19,243 are school-age children. To support parents and children to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women increased the number of Syrian refugee teachers enrolled in the Oasis’ incentive-based volunteer programme. One of them is Nahid Ali Albuhair, 31, from Daraa Syria, whose passion for teaching roots back to her life before the conflict. This is her journey of resilience between two crises.

Press release: UN and partners launch guidelines to address the needs of most vulnerable groups during COVID-19

Monday, June 15, 2020

Vulnerable groups, particularly women, displaced people, migrants, older persons and people with disabilities, may experience the most harmful impacts of COVID-19. This is due to many factors including discrimination and stigma, their exclusion from effective surveillance and early-warning systems as well as their limited access to primary healthcare services. Their particular needs must be addressed in our response to the pandemic. No one is safe from the virus unless all of us are safe from it.

Diversity inclusion: Women with Disabilities and Migrant Women Workers amidst Covid-19 in the Arab States region

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD), the Arab Forum of Women with Disabilities (AFOWD) and the Cross-Regional Centre for Refugees and Migrants (CRCRM) will host an online dialogue focused on the inclusion of women with disabilities and women migrants workers in national response and recovery planning on COVID-19, on Monday 15 June from 10:00 to 12:00 Cairo time (GMT+2). Registration for the event is free of charge and can be completed here. Only registered participants will be able to access the online discussion.

New report from UN Women brings forth voices of Palestinian women under COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Early into the COVID-19 crisis, UN Women, in partnership with Arab World for Research and Development, conducted in-depth interviews with Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza for a new study that sheds new light on the situation and needs of Palestinian women and girls.

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