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Press release: UN Women trains more than 100 women on conflict management and prevention

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Over one hundred women across three mediation networks in Lebanon are prepared and working to address community tensions and conflicts, supported by UN Women through its project, “Fostering Stabilization and Social Cohesion in Lebanon through Women’s Engagement in Conflict Prevention and Management.”

Press release: New UN Women publication outlines successful modalities for Arab women to participate meaningfully in peace talks

Monday, March 8, 2021

To support women’s access to male-dominated formal peace talks in the Arab States region, UN Women and the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh set out modalities that women peacemakers can follow to ensure they have their rightful seat at the table.

Syrian women: Leading towards a peaceful Syria

Friday, March 5, 2021

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the leadership and determination of Syrian women, by sharing the voices of some of the countless women who have persevered on the frontlines over the last 11 years, working together to ensure women’s meaningful participation in Syria’s political process.

Online CSW65 side event: Gender Justice and Equality before the Law

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Jordanian National Commission for Women, the Moroccan Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS), with financial support from the Government of Japan, will host a regional online event titled “Gender Justice & Equality before The Law: Implications of inequality before the law for full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence against women” on March 23, 2021.

Press release: The United Nations in Lebanon supports women’s participation in Beirut’s Port Explosion response and recovery process

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Beirut Port explosions on 4 August 2020 created significant immediate humanitarian needs and severe long-term consequences. A rapid gender assessment of the Beirut Port Explosion recommended, among other things, increasing the meaningful participation of women and marginalized groups in the decision-making for the design, implementation, management and evaluation of national and international response and recovery efforts.

Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon take prominent roles in resolving conflict

Thursday, January 21, 2021

In recognition of the positive role women can play in their communities as mediators and peacebuilders, one Palestinian woman living in a refugee camp in Lebanon is equipping herself with the tools needed to create a more peaceful future for her children and her community.

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.

From where I stand: “I am developing my mediation skills to encourage my daughter and her generation to engage in peacebuilding efforts”

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Amal Chehabi, a 59 -year- old Palestinian refugee woman living in Ein El Helweh camp in South Lebanon, heads the Palestinian nationalist social-democratic political party’s (Fatah) social department in Lebanon.

Press release: Young women should be at the core of efforts to rebuild inclusive and lasting peace in Libya, according to UN Women and UNFPA

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Tunis , 25 October 2020. As talks are underway to reach a political solution to Libya’s war and coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR1325), UN Women and UNFPA have highlighted the myriad obstacles facing young women in Libya and calls for their economic and political empowerment so they can contribute to their country’s future.   Libya continues to struggle with political and economic turmoil...

As the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum continues, UN Women Libya congratulates women participants and alerts to incidents of threats against women participants

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Following UN Security Council Resolution 2510 (2020) which endorsed the conclusions of the Berlin Conference on Libya, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) convened in Tunis from 9 to 15 November 2020 and continued online since 23 November in pursuit of a political solution to the crisis in Libya.

Press release: Women Increasingly at Risk and Unable to Access Assistance Following the Beirut Explosion

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In the aftermath of the Beirut Port explosion on August 4, women in female-headed households, living within the explosion range, are suffering increased vulnerability. The effects of economic turmoil, greater risks of gender-based violence and the constant struggle to access assistance are highlighted in a new study, “Rapid Gender Analysis of the August Beirut Port Explosion: An Intersectional Examination,” by ABAAD, CARE International, ESCWA, UNFPA, and UN Women. The five organizations call for the scaling-up of tailored assistance to marginalized groups, specifically, female-headed households, who make up 51% of the affected population, and elderly women living alone, comprising of 1 in 12 households.

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.

Press release: Burj Khalifa lights up to mark 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325

Monday, October 26, 2020

The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit up to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, a ground-breaking resolution that was spearheaded by women leaders and organizations. It is the first resolution that recognized women’s leadership and impactful role in achieving international peace and security and their contributions to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

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.

Press release: Women Peace and Security Training Programme renamed Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Women Peace and Security Initiative

Sunday, September 27, 2020

UAE’s General Women’s Union today announced that the Women Peace and Security Training Programme has been renamed the “Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Women Peace and Security Initiative”, demonstrating the highest level of political support to the programme. Against the backdrop of rising conflict globally, the landmark training programme builds women’s capacity in the military and peacekeeping sectors and is sponsored by the UAE government and hosted by the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School in Abu Dhabi.

From where I stand: “Despite all the challenges, I am a firm believer in humanitarian work and its importance at this critical juncture of Libya’s history”

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Leila Ben Khalifeh and peer humanitarian workers visiting mass graves in Tarhuna, Libya, July 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Leila Ben Khalifeh “The situation in Libya is very complex. Conflict and displacement have been aggravated by electricity and water cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic. To help Libyan people in these difficult times, I have worked with volunteers and civil society actors to provide sterilization products and information on how to prevent the pandemic from spreading. I...

In Yemen, women face added challenges posed by COVID-19 amidst ongoing armed conflict

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has cut short the success of many small businesses in Yemen, and the closure of schools has increased the burden of care for mothers.

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.

Op-ed: Put women at the centre of Syria crisis response

Thursday, July 2, 2020

By UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, on the occasion of the Brussels IV Syria Conference

Connected by their phones, women peacebuilders lead COVID-19 prevention efforts across Libya

Friday, June 19, 2020

Separated by their country’s divisions, both geographically and politically, 36 Libyan women have since used their phones to connect, discuss and overcome their differences in the interest of one goal: Peace.

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