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International Women’s Day 2021 theme – “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”

Monday, November 9, 2020

UN Women announces the theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021 (IWD 2021) as, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

Press release: UAE launches National Chapter of UN Women-convened advertising alliance to challenge traditional stereotypes in advertising

Monday, November 9, 2020

Convened by UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, the Unstereotype Alliance today launches its UAE National Chapter with a coalition of partners committed to tackling harmful stereotypes of women and men in media and advertising. The UAE National Chapter will focus its work on broadening the representation of women and men in non-traditional roles.

Youth Blog: Intergenerational Peace: We Need to Redesign the Peace Table

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

This article is part of the Expert Opinion series, which aims to provide a platform for Libyan women to express their personal experiences, professional opinions and analyses on different political and social issues in Libya.

Press release: Women Increasingly at Risk and Unable to Access Assistance Following the Beirut Explosion

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In the aftermath of the Beirut Port explosion on August 4, women in female-headed households, living within the explosion range, are suffering increased vulnerability. The effects of economic turmoil, greater risks of gender-based violence and the constant struggle to access assistance are highlighted in a new study, “Rapid Gender Analysis of the August Beirut Port Explosion: An Intersectional Examination,” by ABAAD, CARE International, ESCWA, UNFPA, and UN Women. The five organizations call for the scaling-up of tailored assistance to marginalized groups, specifically, female-headed households, who make up 51% of the affected population, and elderly women living alone, comprising of 1 in 12 households.

In the words of Haniya Salem Abukhirais: “After Sirte was liberated from ISIS, I was adamant to rebuild the city”

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Haniya Salem Abukhirais is a member of the Libyan Women’s Network for Peacebuilding, a UN Women-supported group representing a broad social, political, generational and geographic spectrum of women working to achieve peace in war-divided Libya. In 2014, she was the only woman elected to the Municipal Council of Sirte. However, ISIS occupied the city shortly thereafter. Since Sirte was liberated from the extremist group in 2016, Abukhirais has been leading reconstruction efforts in the city.

Two months on, Beirut’s elderly women are still reeling from the blast

Monday, October 26, 2020

According to a rapid assessment that UN Women and ACTED produced immediately after the August 2020 explosion, elderly women are among the most vulnerable. They are less likely than men to have worked in their life, to have savings or pensions, and are over-represented among Lebanon’s poorest.

Press release: Burj Khalifa lights up to mark 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325

Monday, October 26, 2020

The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit up to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, a ground-breaking resolution that was spearheaded by women leaders and organizations. It is the first resolution that recognized women’s leadership and impactful role in achieving international peace and security and their contributions to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

High-level Conference Marks the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Thursday, October 22, 2020

To mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) and the Public Security Directorate (PSD) held a high-level digital conference under the theme of “Leadership for Gender Responsive Security Sector Reform.” The event was organized ...

Local women craft community campaigns and advocate for women’s empowerment across Tafilah

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Seven women’s community-based organizations launched a series of advocacy campaigns on women’s empowerment across seven districts of Tafilah, in western Jordan, with one hope: to empower marginalized women and girls in their local communities.

A Refugee Woman among COVID-19 Frontline Responders

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Elderly people have been identified as one of the most vulnerable groups to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping them safe has become both a priority and a challenge for governments around the world. In times where health systems are overstretched and healthcare workers are overwhelmed, Rim Al Khalif, a Syrian refugee, is improving her skills to care for elderly patients in Tripoli, Lebanon.

In the words of Malak Abdelshafi: “Nothing can stop us because we’re girls.”

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Malak Abdelshafi is a 17-year-old Egyptian Paralympic swimming champion who qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. When she was 10 months old, she suffered severe spinal cord injuries from an accident that left her partially paralysed. After the accident, part of her treatment was hydrotherapy, because of which she came to love swimming. In 2014, Abdelshafi joined Egypt’s national team. Abdelshafi has since won 39 national and 6 international medals. In line with its efforts to support...

Press release: Women’s Unemployment in Lebanon Reaches an Estimated 26% Due to Compounded Crises but Recovery Plans Provide Opportunities to Reduce Structural Inequalities and Ensure Growth for All

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

During times of crisis, there is a tendency for the pursuit of gender equality to be considered as secondary, a goal to be tackled once crisis ends and economic growth has recovered. However, the reality is that taking steps towards gender equality is critical for addressing social and economic stability. Women are part of any recovery and solution and supporting women to enter the economy in significant numbers has the potential to widen Lebanon’s tax base and support the fiscal sustainability of Lebanon’s social security programs, while also achieving important gender equality goals.

Executive Board Informal Session on UN-Women’s work for women and girls with disabilities in the joint response to COVID-19 crisis

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

In light of the unprecedented global crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women provided an informal briefing to the Executive Board on its gender and disability inclusive response to the crisis. The briefing was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the UN.

After the Beirut blasts, Lebanon urgently needs medical and mental health care

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

One of UN Women’s partner on the ground, the Restart Center, is providing treatment, psychosocial support and distributing medicine to the most vulnerable.

From Where I Stand: “You must be your number one supporter.”

Friday, October 2, 2020

Nadia Al Obaydien, 45, struggled with severe health problems for six years and, as of this year, became a cancer survivor. Determined to set out on a new journey and eager to learn new skills, Al Obaydien enrolled as a poly-agriculture trainee in the Oasis center run by the Ministry of Social Development and UN Women in Tafilah with the support of the European Union...

On the frontline of protecting survivors of violence during COVID-19

Thursday, October 1, 2020

First Lieutenant Ohood Al-Manaseer, an Investigative Officer at the Family Protection Department (FPD) under the Public Security Directorate (PSD). Since joining the department in 2007, Lt. Al-Manaseer has worked to ensure survivors have 24-hour access to social, administrative, and medical services that they require and remains by their side throughout, including accompanying them to hospital and court hearings.

Press release: Arab States join historic gathering to reiterate their commitment to women’s empowerment

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), which remains the most visionary and comprehensive roadmap for advancing women´s rights globally. This year also marks a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the reaffirmation of gender equality as a pre-condition to achieving sustainable development for all by 2030.

From where I stand: “Even though we were distanced physically from each other, we came closer through love”

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Koura in the north of Lebanon, she has been working at the Social Services Medical Center for the elderly in Tripoli for 11 years. As part of her work, Layal provides nursing care for patients and manages employees at the Centre. The COVID-19 crisis has made her work more challenging than ever, and following the deadly Beirut port explosion, new COVID-19 infections are reaching record highs in the country. By the end of September, over 36,000 people have been infected and at least 347 have died from the virus.

Promoting gender inclusivity through translation in the Arab States

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A group of 8 Translation students from the College of Languages and Communications in Alexandria, Egypt, joined the Student Mentorship Programme for Translation, a new initiative by UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States aimed at sensitizing the new generation of translators by building their capacity and skills to use gender-inclusive Arabic language in translation and interpretation.

Sowing seeds of hope: The women inspiring families to cultivate their resilience during times of crisis

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In light of the unprecedented global crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Jordan adopted an increased set of measures to prevent and respond to the health crisis, which included extended lockdowns and restriction of movement. Despite the unprecedented circumstances, women like Siham Al Qatameen and Nadia Ahmad Al-Obaydien have been working to inspire their local communities to become resilient, assist the most vulnerable and unite in the face of the pandemic.

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