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How Hio’s dream of going back to school was revived

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hio Barakat looking at pictures of cash-for-work activities organized by Baghdad Women Association in Duhok. Photo: Mediya Ahmad Shaaban In 2014, Hio Barakat was 14 years old and living peacefully with her family in Sinjar, in Iraq’s northwest. She wanted to become a doctor. "I was very happy that my friends and I made it to the secondary school. I felt that I was getting closer to achieving my dream” Hio said. But her dream came to an abrupt end when she woke up one day to...

A small grant helps Najla bake to sustain her family

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Najla Khudair and her children survived the violence that swept across large parts of Iraq in 2017. But conflict and displacement took a toll on her psychological health. Things got worse when she lost her husband to a heart attack as he had been the family’s sole breadwinner. In 2018, she left her hometown of Al-Tuz in Salaheddin Governorate along with her seven children to seek safety and a better life in Kirkuk.

Once in need, Sajida is now helping others

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Sajida Khalaf is a 52-year-old Iraqi woman from Fallujah, a town in Anbar Province, west of Baghdad. She is married and has six sons and daughters who all live away from her.

South Lebanon women’s networks train in conflict prevention

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

More than two dozen women members of the Tyre and Abbassiyeh women’s mediation networks in South Lebanon are participating in a series of training in conflict prevention generously supported by the Rebecca Dykes Foundation.

Press release: Regional Meeting on the Planning and Implementation of Prevalence Surveys on Violence against Women in the Arab States Region

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

In an effort to enhance prevention of, and response to, violence against women and girls, UN Women and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) are organizing a meeting to bring together relevant partners in the Arab States region to discuss a way forward in advancing methods and strategies to measure violence against women in line with globally agreed methodological and ethical standards.

Members of Lebanon’s Security Apparatus participate in awareness-raising sessions on gender-specific issues for more effective operations

Monday, October 14, 2019

Within the project Swiss Support to Integrated Border management (IBM) in Lebanon (Phase 2) implemented by the International Center for Migration Policy development (ICMPD), the Lebanese security apparatus, including the General Security (GS), the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) took the decision to undertake gender awareness activities by participating to this project, where brainstorming and open discussions aimed at making the work and operations of these agencies more effective.

It's time for women in Jordan to have better representation in politics and decision making

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Rami AlSamhouri, HeForShe Advocate from Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Mohmed Ezz Rami AlSamhouri, Is a marketing student at Al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan. He is a certified trainer on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after receiving specialized training from UNESCO. He is also a youth delegate at the National Coalition for UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. He's in charge of managing the Jordan clubs of the HeForShe movement.  Since the adoption...

25 years after Beijing, where are women’s rights in the Arab States?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sana Afouaiz is an award-winning gender activist, and public speaker on feminism and women’s issues. She is the author of the book “Invisible Women of the Middle East” Currently, she is the Director of Womenpreneur organization with a community of 10,000 members across 20 countries, aimed at advancing women’s entrepreneurship and participation in technology, innovation and society in the MENA region. Sana is a member of UN Women’s Gender Innovation Agora.

Media Advisory: Regional Meeting on the Planning and Implementation of Prevalence Surveys on Violence against Women in the Arab States

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

UN Women, WHO, and UN ESCWA are organizing a meeting to bring together relevant partners in the Arab States region to discuss a way forward in advancing methods and strategies to measure violence against women (VAW) in line with globally agreed methodological and ethical standards.

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.

Press release: High-level meeting kicks-off Joint UN Programme on advancing work for women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Partners to the joint programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine” gathered for the first steering committee meeting on 03 October 2019 in Cairo, Egypt to validate the programme’s proposed approach and mark the start of its implementation.

Cairo youth volunteers join editathon on women’s health

Friday, October 4, 2019

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes are now the leading cause of deaths worldwide and represent key barriers to poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Aiming at raising awareness of the gender specific impact of NCDs and how women can be change agents for their prevention and control, UN Women’s HerStory initiative organized a Wikipedia editathon focusing on women’s health during the 2019...

Applying Social Innovation for Women’s Rights in the Arab States

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Women-led organizations from Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE), gathered in September at a workshop in Amman, Jordan, to challenge their assumptions, re-think their approaches, and experiment with new strategies in programming for gender equality. The workshop aimed to identify and develop new solutions to women’s rights challenges specific to the development context and priorities of the Arab States region, through the application of social innovation approaches.

Experts review report on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Arab States

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Gender equality experts from across the Arab States met at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut in September to review a regional report on the progress made by Arab countries in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Poverty and Trafficking in Women

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Racha Haffar is a young women’s rights and anti-human trafficking activist from Tunisia. She is the founder and president of ‘ Not 4 Trade ,’ the first anti-human trafficking NGO in her country. She is a member of  UN Women’s Youth Gender Innovation Agora and was recently appointed as one of the Arab States representatives for the Beijing+25 Youth Taskforce , a group of young leaders from around the world who will support and guide UN Women’s efforts to...

Take five: “Men and boys must be fully engaged in ending violence against women”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Nabil Hendy, a member of UN Women’s Youth Gender Innovation Agora. Photo: UN Women/ Emad Karim Nabil Hendy is a youth activist and medical student from Egypt. Since 2012, he has been engaged with different NGOs and networks both at home and abroad, including as an international fellow and trainer for Y-PEER. Recently, he attended the Women Deliver conference held in Vancouver, Canada, as a youth leader. He is also a member of UN Women’s Youth Gender Innovation Agora . Nabil...

Media Advisory: The first Steering Committee Meeting to Launch the Joint Programme on advancing the Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Partners to the joint programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine” will gather for the first steering committee meeting on 03 October 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. With the presence of high-level representatives of national institutions of the three partner countries, representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations, the civil society, as well as representatives of the implementing UN agencies, UN Women and ILO,...

Expert Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Arab Region

Sunday, September 22, 2019

UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the Arab Women Organization (AWO) is organizing an expert group meeting to discuss the draft regional report on progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action over the past 25 years.

Press release: The Government of Lebanon endorses Lebanon’s First National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Beirut, 12 September 2019 (NCLW, United Nations) - The Government of Lebanon has today endorsed, the country’s first National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security , offering a comprehensive national framework for the long term stability and security of Lebanon and a building block for the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The plan provides a set of tools and resources to drive forward the systematic engagement of women...

Arab States youth inform the way forward in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Twenty-two activists representing youth networks from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen met to discuss the implementation of the historic Beijing Declaration and Platform in the framework of the 25th anniversary of its adoption.

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