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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.

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.

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 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).

Promoting gender-sensitive reporting in the Palestinian media

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Media plays a vital role in shaping perceptions of violence against women and girls and its impact. As part of the HAYA Joint Programme, journalists and media professionals are receiving training on ethical and non-discriminatory reporting on gender justice and violence against women.

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.

Ramallah centre steps up as front-line refuge for women amid COVID crisis

Monday, March 8, 2021

A One-Stop Centre in Ramallah has been pressed into service as medium-term safe accommoda-tion, a quarantine centre, and more, to ensure women have somewhere to escape violence at home throughout the pandemic and lockdown.

Providing safe spaces for survivors of violence, even during COVID-19

Monday, March 8, 2021

Gender-based violence (GBV) rooms provide safe and private spaces for survivors of violence seeking medical, psychological, and social support in the West Bank and Gaza. Through the HAYA Joint Programme, UNFPA is working with the Ministry of Health in Palestine to ensure these safe spaces and services are available to everyone in need.

Migrants and their support groups review priorities of migrant women, children and youth in the Arab States

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

About a hundred migrants and their support groups, including regional and national networks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community and faith-based organizations, academia, private sector, media, and UN representatives attended an online consultation on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) for women migrant workers, migrant children and youth in the Arab states region on 15 February 2021.

Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon face rising challenges amidst soaring food prices

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing economic crisis, food prices in Lebanon have soared and become unaffordable for many. Caught in the crosshairs of multiple crises and at the mercy of an oppressive Kafala ‘sponsorship’ system, many migrant domestic workers in the country have found themselves in an impossible situation.

Civil society ‘listeners’ team up with enumerators to track violence against women in Morocco

Monday, January 25, 2021

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a sensitive topic seen as a private, family matter, which makes collecting accurate and comprehensive data a challenge for national statistical offices.

UN Women announces new cohort of youth advocates

Monday, December 21, 2020

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) announced the second cohort of Gender Innovation Agora (GIA) a consultative forum and platform for regular dialogue and advocacy around gender with youth in the Arab States.

EU, UN Women review programme for Syrian women, girls and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey

Thursday, December 10, 2020

In collaboration with the European Union (EU), UN Women organised a regional partner event to present lessons learned from its programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey” funded through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria Crisis, the ‘MADAD’ fund.

Seven Kuwait WEP’s signatories go orange to put a spotlight on ending violence against women

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Seven WEPs signatories from Kuwait including Al Hamra Real Estate, Burgan Bank, EQUATE Petrochemical, Gulf Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Stock Exchange, National Bank of Kuwait and Zain Group lit their buildings in orange to say no to violence against women and girls, as part of the global UNITE campaign organized around the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.

Amidst multiple crises, a Syrian in Beirut uses new skills to make a living

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

As Lebanon sees a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and deteriorating living conditions due to the ongoing political and economic crisis and the Beirut port explosions, Nisrine Kaf Al-Ghazal, a Syrian living in the capital, tries to make ends meet.

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.

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.

Quality food grown in just one square meter at Syrian and Turkish households

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Micro-gardening enables Turkish and Syrian women, together with the other household members, to grow quality and healthy vegetables in their living rooms, balconies or on their rooftops. Provided by UN Women to around 100 households, the soilless agriculture kits contribute to their economy and wellbeing in southeast Turkey and increase their access to livelihood and dietary diversity, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Women’s groups join forces to support COVID-19 response in the Arab States

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an active group of civil society organizations (CSOs) working on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the Arab States, has come together to discuss the challenges facing women during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to plan how to inform response and recovery efforts in the region.

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