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

Monday, May 27, 2019

Hana Faidi, 23, is a project consultant for an economic empowerment project at the Libyan Women’s Forum based in Tripoli, Libya. She also hones women’s negotiation and mediation skills. She is among the 500 participants of the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April) to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

From where I stand: “Women should play a vital role in Kuwait’s future”

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Dr. Khaled Mahdi, Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development of Kuwait, at the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim “ Kuwait has been supporting and accelerating the implementation of SDG5 since 2015 when the His Highness the Amir of Kuwait adopted, together with other world leaders, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations. This vision...

How a Small Sewing Machine made a Big Difference

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ibtisam at her sewing machine. Photo: Courtesy of TAJDID Ibtisam, 39 years old, and her three children used to live in Salah al-Din Province in Iraq. Following the destruction of her home when the Iraqi Army launched a battle to liberate the town from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), she and her family moved to the Qadisiya District in Tikrit. In Qadisiya, Ibtisam and her children have been living in an unfinished house which was not safe. "Many nights I could not...

Workshop on ending violence against women convened in Kuwait

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Government officials and development partners met for the launch of the IMAGES Kuwait survey findings. Photo: Courtesy of WRSC Kuwait The State of Kuwait held a workshop on 28 and 29 April to raise awareness on ending violence against women and girls in Kuwait. The workshop was convened by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), in partnership with the Women’s Research and Studies Centre (WRSC) of Kuwait University, the UN Women Regional...

In the words of Marwa Azelmat: “When it comes to ending violence against women, youth can be game-changers"

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Moroccan activist, Marwa Azelmat. Photo: UN Women / Emad Karim Marwa Azelmat, 23, is an IT engineer from Morocco. She has worked in the development of programmes and policies addressing violent extremism and gender through implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. A post-graduate law student at Queen’s University in Belfast, Marwa is currently conducting research on the rise of digital authoritarianism with a special focus on gender-based online violence. Marwa attended...

A Radio Voice Brings Men into the Gender Equality Endeavor

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Yousef Nassar tells his story about gender equality during a community event. Photo Credit: PCCSharek youth Forum. Radio waves and theatre stages are now spreading messages of gender equality across Palestine. West Bank organizations Al-Ofoq Organization, Future Youth Arms Forum (SAED), and Fena Al-Kheer Youth group have been cooperating with UN Women to promote gender equality. In concert with the efforts of a team of Palestinian male role models ( positive deviants ) including Yousef...

Take five: “Youth have a great role to play in preventing violence and we can work to promote gender justice”

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Amani Aruri, Advocacy Team Leader at Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling. Photo: UN Women/ Emad Karim Amani Aruri, a Palestinian national, currently serves as Advocacy Team Leader at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling , in Ramallah, Palestine. She was elected to the Youth Local Council of Eastern Bani Zaid and served as the Ambassador of the Leaders for Democracy Programme in Palestine. During the October 2018 Women, Peace and Security Week in New York,...

Supporting Girls’ Education in Iraq: ‘Now she can write her name with great pride’

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Figure 116-year-old Sherin practicing writing at the Baghdad Women Association, Seije, Dojok. Photo: Zozan Mohamad Ahmad. Sherin is a 16-year-old girl from the Shingal district of Mosul, Iraq. When the Islamic State (ISIL) arrived in her village, she and her family were forced to leave home and seek safety in Seiji village in Duhok.  She now lives in a small house with her parents and seven siblings. Her family struggles to put food on the table because both of her parents are ill...

From Where I Stand: “A woman needs to be strong and stand on her own feet”

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website. Sahem Hussein. Photo: UN Women/Sinem Aydin Lopez When we first fled to Istanbul, we had a very difficult time as we couldn’t speak Turkish and didn’t have our identity cards. I used to work as an obstetrical nurse in Syria, but didn’t have my diploma with me. So, we all started working in the textile industry. Our Turkish neighbours were very nice and helpful. The house we rented was empty and...

In the words of Safiye Mustafa: “UN Women’s SADA resilience centre transformed my dreams into real plans”

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website. Safiye Mustafa fled the war in Syria with her four children. She receives training at the SADA Centre in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photo: UN Women/Pınar Alkan Yarıkkaya We left everything we had. I had a shoe atelier in Syria, I had a life there. But now, I am starting a new in Turkey. I take shoe-making courses at the SADA Centre and I even plan to open a shoe atelier. Let me say one big thing, which I am very much...

Media Advisory: Launch of “Progress of the World’s Women 2019: Families in a Changing World”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The 2019 edition of Progress of the World’s Women, to be released on 25 June, is an extensive assessment of the reality of families today, taking into account sweeping economic, demographic, political and social transformation.

In the words of Aisha Altubuly: “Youth can bring bigger influence if we are more empowered and supported”

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Aisha Altubuly, co-leader coordinator of the organization Together We Build It. Photo: UN Women/ Emad Karim Aisha Altubuly , (22), co-leader and coordinator of the organization Together We Build It (TWBI), based in Tripoli, Libya, has been working on women's issues since she was 15 years old. Through her work, she has developed capacity of youth stakeholders to speak up and address issues in order for women and youth to be empowered to take active roles in decision-making processes within...

Voices from the Arab States at the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Tunis Forum on Gender Equality brought together over 500 participants representing 70 countries from around the world. Organized in the lead-up to the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), and one year before the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 , the Forum discussed the progress made in the implementation of the visionary Beijing Declaration, as well as issues surrounding women’s leadership in local...

Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in regional SDG implementation at the 2019 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Photo: UN Women/Nourhan El-Nagdy UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States worked with its sister agencies to ensure the effective integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment through regional discussions that took place during the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD), which was convened in Beirut on 9 – 11 April 2019. The...

UN Women Iraq, President’s office will partner to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Iraqi President Barham Salih met UN officials to discuss cooperation to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Photo: courtesy of Office of the President of the Republic of Iraq. BAGHDAD – UN Women and the Office of the President of the Republic of Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) providing a framework of cooperation between the two parties in areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The MoU, cosigned by UN Women Representative Dina...

Take Five: “The economic participation of rural women is essential for growth and a more equitable distribution of wealth”

Friday, April 26, 2019

Maher Khalifi, a young Tunisian engineer, has developed a project that improves the coverage of Tunisia’s social protection system for rural women. The Tunisian Government has agreed to use a new application dubbed "Ahmini", which should allow 500,000 rural women to be integrated into social assistance system, allowing them access to benefits such as pensions. He is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April), co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Tunisia in collaboration with UNDP and UN Women. The Forum is the first of many global meetings leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Ask an activist: Twenty-five years since the adoption of Beijing Platform for Action, how far have we come, and is the Platform relevant for young people?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hana Faidi, 23, is a project consultant for an economic empowerment project at the Libyan Women’s Forum based in Tripoli, Libya. She also hones women’s negotiation and mediation skills. She is among the 500 participants of the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April) to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

Breaking the Cycle of Gender- Based Violence in Palestine

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Two prevention group members in Jerusalem discussing societal restrictions on males and females as part of the youth-parent workshop held in Anata. Photo Credit: PCC The results of the 2017 UN Women and Promundo-supported International Men and Gender Equality Survey ( IMAGES-MENA ) Survey conducted in the State of Palestine demonstrated that “65 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women reported experiencing one or more of twelve forms of occupation-related violence within the...

In the words of Ayşegül Özdil: “When you build communication among children of different cultures, the day after you see the effect on their mothers.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Children playing at the SADA Centre with their teacher Ayşegül Özdil. Photo Credit: ASAM Ayşegül Özdil is a kindergarten teacher at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre. Supported by UN Women and funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU “Madad” Fund) and the Government of Japan, the SADA Women-only Centre supports the empowerment of refugee and host community women and their engagement in social activities as...

Take Five: “Violence and instability constrain Iraqi women and girls to traditional roles, limiting their access to employment and education”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Eman Abd Alrahman, Head of the Women Leadership Institute. Photo: Courtesy of WLI. Eman Abd Alrahman is a lawyer from Iraq and the Head of the Women Leadership Institute (WLI), a prominent women’s rights organization, working to provide protection services for women survivors of violence in the context of the European Union-UN Women Regional Programme Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey supported by the EU’s...

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