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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
UN Women and CARE Palestine West Bank/Gaza launched today a joint campaign to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as part of the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, in partnership with civil society on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive blueprint to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
From the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, UN Women across the Arab States region has mobilized efforts to collect essential data in order to inform, advise and shape the response and recovery strategies in the region.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Vulnerable groups, particularly women, displaced people, migrants, older persons and people with disabilities, may experience the most harmful impacts of COVID-19. This is due to many factors including discrimination and stigma, their exclusion from effective surveillance and early-warning systems as well as their limited access to primary healthcare services. Their particular needs must be addressed in our response to the pandemic. No one is safe from the virus unless all of us are safe from it.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
To safeguard the progress made on women’s rights and protections in Tunisia, gender should be placed at the heart of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new policy brief issued by UN Women, which examines the health and socio-economic impact of the lockdown on Tunisian women since it came into force in March.
Friday, May 29, 2020
In Lebanon, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the country at a time of instability. In this context, its secondary effects on domestic violence, the gender gap in employment and on unpaid work, risk disproportionately impacting women and girls, and rolling back hard-won gender equality gains.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Ninety-one women’s organizations from Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen issued a joint statement to call for a ceasefire in the face of COVID-19, joining a global appeal issued by UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s at the outset of pandemic.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Public service announcement narrated by Oscar-winning actor highlights increase in domestic violence with call to support women in need
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Tunis, April 14, 2020 - Conflict and gender-based discrimination have already taken a terrible toll on Libyan women and limited their economic, political and social opportunities. If the global pandemic establishes a foothold in the country, Libyan women are likely to be disproportionately affected by the impact. Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, Libya has endured civil conflict accompanied by human suffering, political instability and economic collapse. The new report by UN Women “...
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a dragging pace, with three-quarters of parliamentary seats still held by men, according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data’s publication coincides with the 25-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, which remains the world’s most comprehensive agenda for gender equality.
Monday, March 9, 2020
The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women’s rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Beirut, March 8, 2020 (United Nations) – On this International Women’s Day, the United Nations issues a call to action on women’s rights and gender equality in Lebanon. We recognize that ‘gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face’ and that women’s equal rights ‘offer solutions to some of the most intractable problems of our age’, as stated by the United Nations Secretary General...
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Aligned with 2020 theme, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, the Report issues call to action to achieve gender equality and justice for this generation, 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Starting today, more than 200 leaders and experts from over 20 countries are meeting in Rabat, Morocco February 26- 28, 2020, to focus on strategic and effective approaches to make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls. The city of Rabat and UN Women are co-hosting the Fifth Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders’ Forum at the Sofitel Hotel. The Forum takes place in the year where the visionary Beijing Platform for Action turns 25.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
In late 2018 and early 2019 UN Women interviewed 75 of the women who ran for Lebanon’s 2018 Parliamentary election; with the majority of the women in the 2018 elections standing as independents or part of civil society coalitions, 89% stated that their first priority in office would have been to push forward reform on women’s rights, with youth rights and corruption issues coming tied as second and third.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Beirut, February 7, 2020 – UN Women in partnership with CARE International hosted today an Open Day in Akkar, at the Bebnin Municipal playground. The event featured several activities undertaken in the context of the project, “Strengthening the Economic Empowerment and Protection of Women and Girls Lebanon”, funded by the Governments of Japan, Norway and Finland, in addition to Ford Foundation and implemented by CARE International, in coordination with the Ministry of Social...
Press release: UN Women and the Supreme Council for Women Bahrain celebrate the winners of the HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global and National Awards for Women’s Empowerment and Advancement
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The Bahrain Supreme Council for Women held the awards ceremony for the sixth round of the HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa National Award for Women’s Advancement under the patronage and in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain, First Lady, and President of the Supreme Council for Women. The event was held at Isa Cultural Center in the presence of senior national authorities including HE Hala Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women, and United Nations officials and representatives of Bahrain’s civil society and private sector.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
The UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States and the World Scout Bureau Arab Support Centre in Cairo signed a memorandum of understanding to promote gender equality and contribute to the development of young people from the region in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their national and regional communities.
Friday, January 17, 2020
According to the thematic report of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment Women entitled " Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World", women's rights have progressed over the past decades as families around the world have become safe haven for love and solidarity, however, they still constitute a place where some fundamental human rights violations occur and where inequality between the gender continues to take place. This June 2019 report reviews how transformations within the family affect women's rights and reveal that most countries can develop family-friendly policies.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Libyan women have been at the frontlines of advocating for women’s rights and against extremism in Libya. Their wide participation in the popular uprising that toppled the Gaddafi government led many to believe that the revolution would bring more empowerment and equality for women. Instead, Libyan women have faced growing restrictions on their freedom of movement, everyday violence and policing in public spaces.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Amman, 17 December 2019 – Government, business and civil society representatives from ten countries across the Arab region met in Amman to learn more about the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) and pledge their support to promoting pay equity between women and men.