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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.

[Report Launch] Reflecting One Year Later: Lebanon’s Shadow Pandemic

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Since the first COVID-19 case was detected in in Lebanon in February 2020, the shadow pandemic of violence that has run parallel against women has yet to flatten its curve. Evidence across the country indicates that the risks have soared, along with call volumes on domestic violence hotlines, with strong indications of increased prevalence and severity.

Press release: ONU Femmes en Tunisie lance « Parce que je suis un homme » appelant à lutter contre les inégalités de genre pendant la COVID-19 et après

Friday, February 12, 2021

Non seulement la COVID-19 a eu des effets dévastateurs sur les plans sanitaires, économique et sociales en Tunisie, mais a aussi exacerbé la violence et l’inégalité de genre ainsi que la précarité et paupérisation des femmes et des filles, tout en augmentant leurs tâches domestiques.

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.

Small women-owned businesses in Lebanon fight to stay afloat amidst a crisis

Monday, December 21, 2020

Suzan Mallas, 52, a hairdresser living in Beirut, is one of many Lebanese women trying to keep their small businesses afloat as the country’s economic crisis fast slips out of control — against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut Port explosion.

Press release: The Regional Health Alliance: A partnership towards achieving Health For All By All

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Despite remarkable gains in health over the past few decades, the world is not on track to achieve the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and people, especially the most marginalized, are being left behind. The COVID-19 pandemic is setting progress back even further.

Press release: Arab states shed light on violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic

Monday, December 7, 2020

Governments, civil society organizations, media, private sector, youth representatives and UN agencies in the Arab states region came together for an online dialogue to review the regional response to violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preventing violence through education in the West Bank

Monday, December 7, 2020

A teacher works with students in a school in Ramallah, West Bank before the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: HAYA Joint Programme/Samar Hazboun Violence inflicts harm on women, girls, men, and boys of all ages throughout the world. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls has intensified and violence against school children in and outside the home is no exception. According to a survey by Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,...

Helping survivors of violence seek justice through forensic science in the West Bank

Monday, December 7, 2020

A vital pillar in the justice and security system, the sole forensic science laboratory in the West Bank seeks justice for survivors of violence. UNODC through the HAYA Joint Programme, is training laboratory technicians to help increase the likelihood of identifying perpetrators of violence and holding them accountable.

Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors’ needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic “new normal” as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

A female inmate’s journey towards reintegration amidst COVID-19 in Palestine

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The provision of mental health and reintegration support services for women in detention is critical to ensuring their rehabilitation. A joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF in Palestine is supporting such interventions in a manner that empowers women and make them able to cope with new challenges -such as the COVID-19 crisis- in constructive and positive ways. In addition to receiving psychosocial support, female inmates like Nada are learning new crafts such as mosaic, embroidery...

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Lebanon

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Meserat Hailu, was 29 years old when she travelled to Beirut, Lebanon as an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker. For more than eight years, she suffered abuse by her employer until Legal Action Worldwide received word of her situation and took up her case and demanded her release.

A Syrian Woman in Lebanon starts her online business to fight economic hardship

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Growing up in Syria, Malak Farran wanted to study law and become a lawyer. At 17, she married a Syrian man and moved to neighboring Lebanon, where her husband was employed, putting a halt to her dream of practicing law.

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.

A Refugee Woman among COVID-19 Frontline Responders

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Elderly people have been identified as one of the most vulnerable groups to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping them safe has become both a priority and a challenge for governments around the world. In times where health systems are overstretched and healthcare workers are overwhelmed, Rim Al Khalif, a Syrian refugee, is improving her skills to care for elderly patients in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Press release: Women’s Unemployment in Lebanon Reaches an Estimated 26% Due to Compounded Crises but Recovery Plans Provide Opportunities to Reduce Structural Inequalities and Ensure Growth for All

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

During times of crisis, there is a tendency for the pursuit of gender equality to be considered as secondary, a goal to be tackled once crisis ends and economic growth has recovered. However, the reality is that taking steps towards gender equality is critical for addressing social and economic stability. Women are part of any recovery and solution and supporting women to enter the economy in significant numbers has the potential to widen Lebanon’s tax base and support the fiscal sustainability of Lebanon’s social security programs, while also achieving important gender equality goals.

From Where I Stand: “You must be your number one supporter.”

Friday, October 2, 2020

Nadia Al Obaydien, 45, struggled with severe health problems for six years and, as of this year, became a cancer survivor. Determined to set out on a new journey and eager to learn new skills, Al Obaydien enrolled as a poly-agriculture trainee in the Oasis center run by the Ministry of Social Development and UN Women in Tafilah with the support of the European Union...

On the frontline of protecting survivors of violence during COVID-19

Thursday, October 1, 2020

First Lieutenant Ohood Al-Manaseer, an Investigative Officer at the Family Protection Department (FPD) under the Public Security Directorate (PSD). Since joining the department in 2007, Lt. Al-Manaseer has worked to ensure survivors have 24-hour access to social, administrative, and medical services that they require and remains by their side throughout, including accompanying them to hospital and court hearings.

From where I stand: “Even though we were distanced physically from each other, we came closer through love”

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Koura in the north of Lebanon, she has been working at the Social Services Medical Center for the elderly in Tripoli for 11 years. As part of her work, Layal provides nursing care for patients and manages employees at the Centre. The COVID-19 crisis has made her work more challenging than ever, and following the deadly Beirut port explosion, new COVID-19 infections are reaching record highs in the country. By the end of September, over 36,000 people have been infected and at least 347 have died from the virus.

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