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Arab States’ experts provide recommendations to address human trafficking of women and girls in the region

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Gender experts from governments, civil society and international organizations from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates met in Cairo to discuss trends, challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) , which calls on State parties to suppress all forms of trafficking in women and girls. At the meeting, experts from the region defined and...

In the words of Ivan Bahri: "Work has helped me break the barrier of fear."

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ivan at her home speaking to a social worker from Tajdid about her work. Photo: Tajdid Ivan Bahri, a 27-year-old Kurd woman, lives in the old city of Mosul with her family of ten. Due to limited income, the family faces difficult economic conditions. Ivan’s father works in construction and struggles to make a living. Despite his taxing work, he is determined to allow his children to continue their education. "My family lives on the little daily wage that my father earns from his...

Press release: Arab States pledge to reduce gender pay gap in the region

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Amman, 17 December 2019 – Government, business and civil society representatives from ten countries across the Arab region met in Amman to learn more about the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) and pledge their support to promoting pay equity between women and men.

Sports Event in Palestine Calls for Girls and Boys to Celebrate Gender Equality through Sports

Monday, December 16, 2019

UN Women, PACES Charity, and UNICEF organized a one-day sports event in Ramallah, Palestine, to raise awareness on the importance of promoting gender equality in every aspect of life, including sports, within the framework of UN Women’s “Generation Equality” campaign, as well as the global celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Youth put a spotlight on gender equality at a sustainable development conference

Monday, December 16, 2019

Cairo, 3 November 2019. The Arab Sustainable Development Week (ASDGWeek) is an annual forum convened by the League of Arab States and partners to discuss efforts and challenges in the region regarding achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Take five: Morocco’s Anti-Trafficking Law and its link to migration

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Amina Oufroukhi is President of the International Judicial Cooperation Department headed by the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Kingdom of Morocco.

International Women’s Day 2020 theme— "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The League of Arab States, UN Women and UNFPA renew a shared commitment to address violence against women

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Government, UN and Youth representatives renew their commitment to EVAW in the Arab States. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim In the context of the global campaign for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the League of Arab States (LAS), UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States and UNFPA Arab States Regional Office met to renew a shared commitment and strong partnership to prevent and address violence against women and girls (VAWG) and support survivors in the Arab States...

Press release: New UN Report - Bold legal reforms in some Arab countries can inspire accelerated progress across the region towards Gender Justice & Equality before the law

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Amman, 10 December 2019 – A new report that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) launched today, observes that women and girls have benefited from reforms affecting core aspects of their lives as specific provisions within penal, labour, family and nationality codes...

Press release: League of Arab States, UN Women and UNFPA reaffirm their joint commitment to prevent gender-based violence and to support survivors

Sunday, December 8, 2019

the League of Arab States, in collaboration with the UNFPA Regional Office for Arab States and the UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States renew their joint commitment and strong partnership to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and to support survivors of violence in the region on Sunday, 8 December in an expanded meeting dedicated to the same purpose.

Civil society and youth from the Arab States review the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Friday, December 6, 2019

Over 70 representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) and youth advocates from across the Arab States region met in Amman, Jordan on 26 and 27 November, to conduct a parallel review and discussion on the progress and lessons learned in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , in the lead up to the Arab States High-Level Conference on the Beijing+25 Review.

Arab States region agree on priorities for the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action

Friday, December 6, 2019

Following a comprehensive and inclusive regional review process that has spanned nearly 12 months, on 28 November governments, civil society organizations, and youth representatives from across the Arab States region met to agree on a set of priorities and strategies to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in light of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Take five: “Bringing justice to people, especially women, is my cause”

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Activist and women’s rights champion Zoya Rouhana is a founding member and director of KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation, which supports survivors of gender-based violence in Lebanon and campaigns for legal reform. UN Women partnered with KAFA to implement the second phase of UN Women’s regional program Men and Women for Gender Equality (MWGE) (March 2019-Feb 2021), supported by the Government of Sweden, which aims to identify successful entry points to tackle social norms that discriminate on the basis of gender. KAFA supports and mentors four community-based organizations which worked under the project’s phase I to identify solutions to the root causes of gender inequality and promote the rights of women in the family, while linking them to national advocacy and policy-making efforts. She spoke to UN Women about how her work has been instrumental in criminalising violence against women in Lebanon.

Media Advisory: Launch of the Regional Gender Justice and Equality before the Law in the Arab States Region Report

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Marking International Human Rights Day, UNDP, in partnership with UN Women, UNFPA and ESCWA, will be launching a new regional report, entitled “Gender Justice & Equality Before the Law in the Arab States Region: Analysis of Progress and Challenges.” The report brings a unique regional lens to laws and law enforcement practises – examining social and economic contexts in which laws are made and pointing to examples of good practice from across the region to encourage exchanges of experience and ideas to advance gender justice.

Press release: Arab stakeholders agree on priorities for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the coming five years

Monday, December 2, 2019

Amman, 28 November 2019--Senior officials representing Arab States met to agree on priorities for the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, in the light of the findings of the regional review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) 25 years after their adoption. As an outcome of the conference, member States adopted an Arab declaration which reaffirms the principles enshrined in the Beijing Declaration.

Press release: The United Nations and the National Commission for Lebanese Women Launch a 16-Day Campaign Against Gender-based violence

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Beirut, 25 November 2019 - Today begins the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) (25 November-10 December). On this occasion, the United Nations System in Lebanon and the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) are joining forces, for the second year in a row, to end and prevent gender-based violence in Lebanon. 

Joint Press Release (UN Women, IOM and UNODC): Experts from the MENA Region Meet to Contribute to the CEDAW General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Gender experts from governments, civil society and international organizations from across the region are convening in Cairo between 24 and 25 November to discuss the trends, continuing challenges and lessons learned on the implementation of Article 6 of CEDAW, which calls on State parties to suppress all forms of trafficking in women and girls, ensuring that the human rights of women and girls are respected, protected and fulfilled in accordance with international law. CEDAW Committee members Dalia Leinarte, Naela Gabr and Tamader Al-Rammah are joining the meeting to offer global perspectives based on their review of national reports submitted to the Committee.

Media Advisory: Regional review of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Thursday, November 21, 2019

High-level conference to discuss the Arab region’s priorities for the next five years in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment, based on an assessment of the progress made and gaps identified in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 25 years after its adoption. The meeting is expected to conclude with the adoption of a declaration that will reflect the Arab position on the subject, to be presented at the 64th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, to be held in New York in March 2020.

UN Women Executive Director’s Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

In her message for International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape".

The men who are standing tall against early marriages in the Gaza Strip

Monday, November 18, 2019

After taking part in UN Women’s Regional Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, men and boys have become change makers to promote gender equality and challenge the tradition of early marriage.

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