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To combat COVID-19, UN Women is digitally empowering Turkish and Syrian women

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Because women are among the most affected by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, UN Women and Habitat Association have partnered up to support and help host and refugee women build their economic resilience to this and future crises.

Arab women seek help as lockdown prompts rise in gender violence

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

In Arab countries, as in other parts of the world, women have became more exposed to gender-violence as confinement measures have removed their access to support networks. However, the silence silence around the topic, which is still considered taboo in these conservative societies, has also started to break.

Press release: COVID-19 risks creating and exacerbating women’s vulnerabilities and gender inequalities in Palestine, warns UN Women

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Unless gender is integrated into national and institutional efforts to combat COVID-19 in Palestine, the pandemic’s socio-economic impact would aggravate gender inequalities and women’s vulnerabilities, according to a new gender analysis by UN Women.

Supporting women’s centers to stay open amidst COVID-19 in Lebanon

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 isolation measures decreed by the Government of Lebanon in mid-March, these essential activities had come to a halt. To address the increased demand, CARE and UN Women supported a total of eight centers across the country with the essential items needed to reopen and continue emergency work safely, including liquid soap, medical gloves, medical masks, disinfectant, detergent and rubbish bags.

Youth volunteers combat the COVID-19 epidemic of misinformation in the Arab States

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, emerging evidence shows that underlying gender inequalities are exacerbated by this crisis. As observed in previous pandemics, women are -and will be- disproportionately affected in myriad ways, including by an increased incidence of domestic violence, loss of jobs and increased unpaid care burden. Previous experiences also indicate that failing to collect gender-disaggregated data can have a negative impact in the effectiveness of the response and recovery efforts.

In Lebanon, art therapy helps women and girls to overcome entrenched gender inequalities

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Holding her newborn child, a young woman makes her way to the stage followed by other young women gathered around her and awaiting the reveal of her baby’s gender. Upon realizing that the newborn is a girl, cheers slowly become weeping. This art performance is held at Abjad theater, a community center located in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, in front of an audience of Lebanese and Syrian women and girls aged 13 years and older, coming from Tripoli neighborhoods including Tal, Jabal Mohsen, Kobbe, Abou Samra and Mina.

Open letter from the Regional Directors of UNDP, UN WOMEN, UNFPA and ESCWA In the Arab States region to governments in the region

Thursday, April 9, 2020

At the beginning of this week, the United Nations Secretary-General issued an appeal to stop violence everywhere including violence in the home. As Directors of the four United Nations Agencies who have been working together to highlight the importance of Gender Justice and Equality before the law1 as a clear path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we call upon states in the Arab states region to respond to the Secretary-General’s appeal.

Women and COVID-19: Five things governments can do now

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia takes a look at how impacts of COVID-19 are hitting women hardest, and how governments around the world can address these issues.

UN Secretary General's appeal for global ceasefire

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19. Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.

Checklist for COVID-19 response by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér

Friday, March 20, 2020

As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls

Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.

Make this the century of women’s equality: UN chief

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Speaking to faculty and students at The New School, a university in New York City, the UN chief declared himself a proud feminist and called for men everywhere to support women’s rights. UN Photo/Mark Garten UN Secretary-General António Guterres explains his commitment to gender equality at The New School in New York. 27 February 2020 Women The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday , in a call to transform the world by ensuring equal participation...

In South Lebanon, Maryam Dhaini is committed to turn NESWA into a successful and competitive women agri-food line

Friday, February 21, 2020

Maryam Dhaini lives in South Lebanon, a Governorate in need of more jobs, especially for women, and where the unemployment rate is 5 per cent (according to Lebanon’s National Investment Promotion Agency). At 34, this mother and social sciences student has earned more independence after joining her village’s women cooperative, supported by the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment, a UN Women Fund for Gender Equality grantee.

Women’s Participation in Entrepreneurship is necessary to world peace

Sunday, February 16, 2020

By Salam Al-Nukta (Syria). Member of the Gender Innovation Agora and the Beijing+25 Youth Task Force Although the world has been witnessing progressive actions in reforming peace and economic prosperity, the gender gap in the participation of women in the economy remains huge and doesn’t respond fast enough to the ambitious aspirations put forward in 1995 by 189 countries at the United Nations World Fourth Conference in Beijing.

Yemeni women’s organizations learn from and share experiences with peers in the region

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab region, is experiencing a complex war and humanitarian crisis. The conflict has added layers of vulnerability for women and girls and exacerbated existing gender inequalities in the country. In 2019, Yemen was ranked second lowest (151st out 152 countries) for women’s political empowerment at the national level, and also low in other gender indexes, such as economic participation, educational attainment, and health and survival. Yemeni women have been able to lead in social leadership by acting as first responders and informal peacemakers at the local level and providing representation to women in front of male leaders, but they have not been able to participate in political leadership due in part to inaccurate notions that women are emotionally weak and incapable of undertaking formal decision-making roles in society.

Standing by Roaa to Obtain Justice for her Daughter

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Roaa Abdul Sattar in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: Courtesy of Tajdid. Roaa Abdul Sattar, 54, lost her husband to Iraq’s sectarian war in 2011. This forced her and her daughter, Nour, to leave Baghdad and take refuge in the city of Mosul. But the safety they found there was short-lived. In 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over Mosul, with devestating consequences for its residents. Upon arriving in the city, ISIL arrested many of its residents. Roaa and her...

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...

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.

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