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Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon face rising challenges amidst soaring food prices

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing economic crisis, food prices in Lebanon have soared and become unaffordable for many. Caught in the crosshairs of multiple crises and at the mercy of an oppressive Kafala ‘sponsorship’ system, many migrant domestic workers in the country have found themselves in an impossible situation.

As more families report FGM incidents in Egypt, advocacy intensifies, and a new bill seeks to increase penalties

Saturday, February 6, 2021

A rise in the number of reported cases of FGM in Egypt is seen as a promising sign that the country’s efforts to raise awareness is starting to work.

UN Women statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Thursday, February 4, 2021

This International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is a moment to lead change wherever we have a voice and influence; to fund the approaches we know work and support women’s organizations to do so; to demand accountability for community and state actions; to provide essential support for health and social services for survivors of FGM; and to listen to the voices of adolescent girls and young women, and make it possible for them to decide on what happens to their own lives and bodies.

Press release: The United Nations in Lebanon supports women’s participation in Beirut’s Port Explosion response and recovery process

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Beirut Port explosions on 4 August 2020 created significant immediate humanitarian needs and severe long-term consequences. A rapid gender assessment of the Beirut Port Explosion recommended, among other things, increasing the meaningful participation of women and marginalized groups in the decision-making for the design, implementation, management and evaluation of national and international response and recovery efforts.

Press release: WFP and UN Women join forces to foster Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Palestine

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed an agreement to better support the State of Palestine to accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Civil society ‘listeners’ team up with enumerators to track violence against women in Morocco

Monday, January 25, 2021

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a sensitive topic seen as a private, family matter, which makes collecting accurate and comprehensive data a challenge for national statistical offices.

Press release: ITP Media Group and international media outlets partner with UN Women to advance women’s empowerment

Sunday, January 24, 2021

ITP Media Group (ITP), one of the largest media companies in the Middle East with a portfolio of more than 80 media brands, has joined UN Women’s Media Compact, a global partnership established in 2016 to advance women’s empowerment.

Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon take prominent roles in resolving conflict

Thursday, January 21, 2021

In recognition of the positive role women can play in their communities as mediators and peacebuilders, one Palestinian woman living in a refugee camp in Lebanon is equipping herself with the tools needed to create a more peaceful future for her children and her community.

In the words of Samar Muhareb: “Every woman should feel the impact of the National Action Plan on her daily life”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Samar Muhareb is the Chief Executive Officer of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), a Jordan-based NGO she co-founded in 2008 in response to the Iraqi refugee crisis.

Comic and cartoon competition
GENERATION EQUALITY: PICTURE IT!

Monday, January 18, 2021

UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace—is organizing a global comic and cartoon competition to mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life. Submission deadline: 14 March 2021.

Dr. Kalpana Sankar: Empowering women entrepreneurs in India

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

In 2019, Dr. Kalpana Sankar, Managing Trustee at Hand in Hand organization in India, won the Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women's Empowerment in the Individual Champions category.

Sustainable Development for All-Kenya: Promoting sustainable practices and women’s economic empowerment in rural Kenya

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sustainable Development for All-Kenya (SDFA-Kenya) is a non-profit social enterprise operating in Sub Saharan Africa with an aim to help underprivileged communities attain sustainable development, and in turn live better lives, through initiatives that originate from communities themselves. SDFA-Kenya was awarded the 2018 Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women's Empowerment, in the Civil Society category for their work on women’s economic empowerment.

Mahila Sahayatra Microfinance: Bringing together microfinance and women entrepreneurs in Nepal

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sumitra Gurung is the CEO of Mahila Sahayatra, a microfinance institution providing banking services for women and other vulnerable groups in Nepal. The company won the 2018 Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women's Empowerment, in the Private Sector category.

UN Women announces new cohort of youth advocates

Monday, December 21, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) announced the second cohort of Gender Innovation Agora (GIA) a consultative forum and platform for regular dialogue and advocacy around gender with youth in the Arab States.

Small women-owned businesses in Lebanon fight to stay afloat amidst a crisis

Monday, December 21, 2020

Suzan Mallas, 52, a hairdresser living in Beirut, is one of many Lebanese women trying to keep their small businesses afloat as the country’s economic crisis fast slips out of control — against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut Port explosion.

From where I stand: “I am developing my mediation skills to encourage my daughter and her generation to engage in peacebuilding efforts”

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Amal Chehabi, a 59 -year- old Palestinian refugee woman living in Ein El Helweh camp in South Lebanon, heads the Palestinian nationalist social-democratic political party’s (Fatah) social department in Lebanon.

Press release: The Regional Health Alliance: A partnership towards achieving Health For All By All

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Despite remarkable gains in health over the past few decades, the world is not on track to achieve the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and people, especially the most marginalized, are being left behind. The COVID-19 pandemic is setting progress back even further.

Press release: Young women should be at the core of efforts to rebuild inclusive and lasting peace in Libya, according to UN Women and UNFPA

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Tunis , 25 October 2020. As talks are underway to reach a political solution to Libya’s war and coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR1325), UN Women and UNFPA have highlighted the myriad obstacles facing young women in Libya and calls for their economic and political empowerment so they can contribute to their country’s future.   Libya continues to struggle with political and economic turmoil...

EU, UN Women review programme for Syrian women, girls and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey

Thursday, December 10, 2020

In collaboration with the European Union (EU), UN Women organised a regional partner event to present lessons learned from its programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey” funded through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria Crisis, the ‘MADAD’ fund.

In the words of Nahla Haidar: “States have a due diligence responsibility on the protection of women human rights defenders”

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Nahla Haidar is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She has over 30 years of professional experience mainly within the United Nations System, ranging from social development, to relief coordination, to peace-building and human rights. Ms. Haidar is CEDAW’s rapporteur on reprisals and covers cases on women human rights defenders.

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