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Stock exchanges across the Arab States region rang the bell for gender equality on International Women’s Day 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has put an unprecedented strain on the global economy and public health systems. The crisis has highlighted and magnified inequalities and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls. The resultant labour market, social and economic crisis poses a serious threat to women’s employment and livelihoods, especially in precarious informal and non-essential sectors.

Press release: Japan supports UN Women’s recovery efforts in Lebanon

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Government of Japan has allocated USD 786,909 to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Lebanon to support women’s protection and economic recovery from the impact of the Lebanon’s economic crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Beirut Port explosion.

Press release: Regional Launch of UNDP-UN Women COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker:

Monday, April 12, 2021

In the Arab States region, the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker jointly published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) recorded a total of 317 COVID-19 policy response measures in all 22 Arab countries, out of which 108 measures adopted by 20 countries effectively addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls.

Press release: Virtual launch of the SHAML project in Palestine

Thursday, April 8, 2021

UN Women Palestine, in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Social Development, held a virtual ceremony today, Wednesday 7 April 2021, to launch SHAML project, aimed at “Enhancing the Protection and Reintegration of Furthest Left Behind Groups of Women and Girls Victims and Survivors of Violence in Palestine”.

Webinar: Launch of the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker in the Arab States

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On 12 April, UN Women and UNDP will co-host a webinar to launch the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker in the Arab States. The webinar will introduce the Tracker, and illustrate how stakeholders including governments, CSOs, academia and others can use the data it contains to inform and advocate for gender-responsive COVID-19 responses.

Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In her remarks at the Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér said: "With increased and better coordinated resources earmarked for women and girls, we can collectively do more, and our overall impact will increase".

UN Women at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD), the primary regional mechanism for the follow up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab States region, will be held online from 29 - 31 March, hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Governor Manal Awad, working to create safer cities and public spaces for women and girls in Damietta

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In recent years, Egyptian women have held positions of leadership, but never more so than now. Currently, women make up 27% of the Parliament, 13% of the Senate and 25% of the Cabinet of Ministers. Dr. Manal Awad is one of those Egyptian women who are making their case in the leadership arena.

Jordan convenes a regional dialogue on Women, Peace and Security at the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW), in collaboration with the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Women’s Empowerment (IMC), UN Women, and the Governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom, organized a regional event on Women, Peace, and Security at the margins of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights.

‘Because of my psoriasis, I have suffered so many forms of violence’

Thursday, March 18, 2021

At the age of nine, Asmaa Al Attar was diagnosed with psoriasis. She got married when she was 20. Seven years later, she asked for divorce because of her husband’s abuse. Now, at 27 and unemployed, Asmaa lives with her two children in Rafah City in the Gaza Strip.

Kuwait Rings the Bell to mark International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, Boursa Kuwait, the national stock exchange of Kuwait, rang the bell for women’s empowerment, joined by government, academia, private sector and civil society partners to highlight the important contribution that women make to vibrant, diverse and sustainable economies.

Arab States join global intergovernmental meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Representatives from Arab States governments, civil society organizations and UN entities are joining the ongoing session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the main global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The meeting follows a preparatory meeting in which Arab States countries agreed on a common regional position ahead of the global gathering.

Arab States agree on priorities for the advancement of women’s empowerment in the region, ahead of global meeting

Monday, March 15, 2021

On February 10, Ministers and women´s authorities’ representing Member States of the League of Arab States, participated in the Arab Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65).

Women-owned businesses in Lebanon receive support to get back on their feet after the Beirut Port explosion

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Nada Khoury, Rosy Bteich, Silva Guiragossian and Marguerite El Zoughindy are four Lebanese women, that were directly affected by the Beirut Port explosion in 2020 as their businesses were severely damaged. Fortunately, they have been able to count on UN Women and partners for support to get back on their feet.

Press release: UN Women trains more than 100 women on conflict management and prevention

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Over one hundred women across three mediation networks in Lebanon are prepared and working to address community tensions and conflicts, supported by UN Women through its project, “Fostering Stabilization and Social Cohesion in Lebanon through Women’s Engagement in Conflict Prevention and Management.”

Online CSW65 side event: Working Together to End Violence Against Women in the Arab States Region

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The League of Arab States (LAS), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) will host a regional online event titled “Working Together to End Violence Against Women in the Arab States Region” on March 25, 2021.

“If beaten women remain silent, they would endure more violence.”

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Mona Al-Najmi, 34, is divorced and lives with her three children in the Maghazi Refugee Camp in central Gaza. The camp area is densely populated and lacks adequate infrastructure while its inhabitants face poverty and high unemployment rates.

The United Nations Celebrates Women Leaders of Change in Lebanon on International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Beirut, Lebanon Monday, March 8, 2021 (United Nations) – On March 8, International Women’s Day, the United Nations honors women who are on the frontline of their fight against COVID-19. Today, on International Women’s Day, the UN pays tribute to the countless women in Lebanon, striving in their communities to combat the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, its health, economic and social effects on the country. While trying to mitigate the effects of this deadly pandemic,...

Lebanon Must Declare Violence against Women a National Emergency

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The extreme violence inflicted on her generated brief outrage on social media and will quickly be forgotten to everyone but her. The form of violence she was subjected to is so common and pervasive that it has become normal; an expected part of our everyday lives and news cycles—and for too many, part and parcel of being a woman.

Joint Statement by Muhannad Hadi, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis and Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, UN Women Regional Director for the Arab States, on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Monday, March 8, 2021

As we mark the grim tenth anniversary of the crisis in Syria in the context of a deepening humanitarian situation, compounded by the impacts of an economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to redouble efforts to advance women’s rights and to further strengthen women’s voices and leadership.

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