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In the words of Samar Muhareb: “Every woman should feel the impact of the National Action Plan on her daily life”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Samar Muhareb is the Chief Executive Officer of Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), a Jordan-based NGO she co-founded in 2008 in response to the Iraqi refugee crisis.

In the words of Nahla Haidar: “States have a due diligence responsibility on the protection of women human rights defenders”

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Nahla Haidar is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She has over 30 years of professional experience mainly within the United Nations System, ranging from social development, to relief coordination, to peace-building and human rights. Ms. Haidar is CEDAW’s rapporteur on reprisals and covers cases on women human rights defenders.

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.

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...

In the words of Zeynep Denli: “Women support women. We understand and empower each other”

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Zeynep Denli, 30, works as a social worker at the SADA Women's Empowerment and Solidarity Center run by UN Women in Gaziantep, a city in southern Turkey along the border with Syria. Financed by the European Union and the Government of Japan, the Center responds to the diverse needs of Turkish and Syrian women to economically and socially empower them and increase their resilience. As a social worker, Denli plays an essential role in responding to women’s needs under the new circumstances brought by COVID-19.

In the words of Rama: “I have realized half of my dreams. Now I need to realize the other half”

Monday, August 17, 2020

In 2015, Rama*, who was then 16 years old, sought protection from her husband at a women’s shelter run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This is one of four shelters supported by UN Women’s regional programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey,” funded by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU Madad Fund).

In the Words of Ihsan Hatab: “I want to teach blind people how to take photos”

Monday, August 3, 2020

Lebanese Photographer Ihsan Hatab. Photo: UN Women/ Dar Al Mussawir Ihsan Hatab, from Beirut, was 13 years old when the doctors diagnosed her with Stargardt disease, a genetic eye disorder that causes visual impairment. Now, at 29 years old, and with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, this Lebanese woman is getting ready to launch her own business in photography and filmmaking after joining a photography training supported by UN Women and the Safadi Foundation, with the...

In the words of Suz: “I was on the verge of collapse, now I am starting my life anew”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Suz*, 32, was forced to marry against her will at the age of 15. In 2015, she ran away from her husband and sought refuge in a shelter managed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

In the words of Ahmed El Sheikh: “Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, I was able to see a beautiful side of my life.”

Monday, July 27, 2020

Ahmed Mamdouh El Sheikh, a 38-year-old banker, is a father and husband who realized the impact of sharing household responsibilities with his wife during the coronavirus crisis. El Sheikh talked to UN Women about the positive impact of the crisis on his relationship with his family. UN Women Egypt works in partnership with the National Council for Women, civil society organizations, and the private sector to promote men’s engagement in the public and private spheres through its “Men and Women for Gender Equality” programme, which is funded by the Swedish Agency for International Development.

In the words of Nadia Jaber: “I can accomplish change in my town and within my family”

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

48-year-old Nadia Jaber is a mother of four young women, the eldest of whom is 29 and the youngest 20 years old. Joining the NESWA enterprise through a project supported by Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment (LFPADE), a local NGO and UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality grantee, in her southern village of Yanouh, enabled her to transit from being a small-scale producer to an entrepreneur.

In the words of Fatena Mahli: “Together we are stronger”

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Fatena Mahli (40) fled the war in Aleppo to Gaziantep, Turkey, eight years ago. She now works as a professional Turkish-Arabic interpreter at community centers in Gaziantep, where refugee children and their families are provided with psycho-social counselling and other protection services. She also participates in activities organized by the SADA Women’s Empowerment and Solidarity Center which aim to empower Turkish and refugee women and support social cohesion between their communities.

In the words of Beyza Nur Azizoğlu: “I feel very lucky to work with refugee women despite all the challenges”

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Beyza Nur Azizoğlu, a young lawyer, works at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep (SADA) in Turkey near the border with Syria. Supported by UN Women and funded by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU “Madad” Fund) and the Government of Japan, SADA supports the empowerment of refugee and host community women, and their engagement in social activities as well as integration into the labour force. It is managed by the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM). At SADA, Beyza helps refugee women and girls by combatting cases of gender-based violence and child, early and forced marriages.

In the words of Nidal Abdul Ghani: “It had been a long time since I felt such joy. I will finally have a job!”

Monday, July 8, 2019

Nidal Abdul Ghani is one of the 196 women in Iraq who have benefitted from UN Women’s cash-for-work programme. Photo: Courtesy of Tajdid. Nidal Abdul Ghani is a beneficiary of the cash-for-work programme implemented by Tajdid Iraq Foundation for Economic Development (Tajdid). Tajdid is working in partnership with UN Women on the Regional Programme “ Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey ”, funded by the EU...

In the words of Joyce Azzam: “I want to inspire women and girls to follow their dreams and discover their potential”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Joyce Azzam holds the Lebanese flag on top of Mount Everest. Photo: Elia Saikaly. Mountaineer Joyce Azzam has realized an unprecedented feat by becoming the first Lebanese woman to scale the highest mountains of each of the seven continents, also known as The Seven Summits Challenge. By successfully reaching the peak of the icy Mount Everest which stands at 8,848 m, she has set an example in courage and endurance to women and girls in her native Lebanon and also abroad. She has been...

In the words of Rawan Riziq: “Laws addressing violence against women and girls need effective implementation on the ground”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Rawan Riziq, youth activist from Jordan. Photo: UN Women/ Emad Karim Rawan Riziq , 28, is a PhD student in Educational Psychology from Jordan. She works at the Jordanian-Emirati Camp for Syrian refugees. Rawan attended the Regional Youth Workshop on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States generously supported by the Government of Japan. I think that the laws addressing violence against women and girls need effective implementation on the ground. This need to be...

In the words of Marwa Azelmat: “When it comes to ending violence against women, youth can be game-changers"

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Moroccan activist, Marwa Azelmat. Photo: UN Women / Emad Karim Marwa Azelmat, 23, is an IT engineer from Morocco. She has worked in the development of programmes and policies addressing violent extremism and gender through implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. A post-graduate law student at Queen’s University in Belfast, Marwa is currently conducting research on the rise of digital authoritarianism with a special focus on gender-based online violence. Marwa attended...

In the words of Safiye Mustafa: “UN Women’s SADA resilience centre transformed my dreams into real plans”

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website. Safiye Mustafa fled the war in Syria with her four children. She receives training at the SADA Centre in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photo: UN Women/Pınar Alkan Yarıkkaya We left everything we had. I had a shoe atelier in Syria, I had a life there. But now, I am starting a new in Turkey. I take shoe-making courses at the SADA Centre and I even plan to open a shoe atelier. Let me say one big thing, which I am very much...

In the words of Aisha Altubuly: “Youth can bring bigger influence if we are more empowered and supported”

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Aisha Altubuly, co-leader coordinator of the organization Together We Build It. Photo: UN Women/ Emad Karim Aisha Altubuly , (22), co-leader and coordinator of the organization Together We Build It (TWBI), based in Tripoli, Libya, has been working on women's issues since she was 15 years old. Through her work, she has developed capacity of youth stakeholders to speak up and address issues in order for women and youth to be empowered to take active roles in decision-making processes within...

In the words of Ayşegül Özdil: “When you build communication among children of different cultures, the day after you see the effect on their mothers.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Children playing at the SADA Centre with their teacher Ayşegül Özdil. Photo Credit: ASAM Ayşegül Özdil is a kindergarten teacher at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre. Supported by UN Women and funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU “Madad” Fund) and the Government of Japan, the SADA Women-only Centre supports the empowerment of refugee and host community women and their engagement in social activities as...

In the words of Madina Mousa: “I could not stay idle in the face of hardship, I became a Protection Specialist empowering other Syrian refugee women and girls.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Madina Mousa, Syrian refugee and Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO) in Iraq. Photo: UN Women/ Said Elmobasher Madina Mousa is a Syrian refugee who fled the war in Syria with her family and now lives in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2013. She started her career as a volunteer to help other refugees and is now a Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO). WEO is working in partnership with...

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