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Webinar: Launch of the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker in the Arab States

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On 12 April, UN Women and UNDP will co-host a webinar to launch the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker in the Arab States. The webinar will introduce the Tracker, and illustrate how stakeholders including governments, CSOs, academia and others can use the data it contains to inform and advocate for gender-responsive COVID-19 responses.

UN Women at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD), the primary regional mechanism for the follow up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab States region, will be held online from 29 - 31 March, hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

Kuwait Rings the Bell to mark International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, Boursa Kuwait, the national stock exchange of Kuwait, rang the bell for women’s empowerment, joined by government, academia, private sector and civil society partners to highlight the important contribution that women make to vibrant, diverse and sustainable economies.

Arab States agree on priorities for the advancement of women’s empowerment in the region, ahead of global meeting

Monday, March 15, 2021

On February 10, Ministers and women´s authorities’ representing Member States of the League of Arab States, participated in the Arab Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65).

Promoting gender-sensitive reporting in the Palestinian media

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Media plays a vital role in shaping perceptions of violence against women and girls and its impact. As part of the HAYA Joint Programme, journalists and media professionals are receiving training on ethical and non-discriminatory reporting on gender justice and violence against women.

Women-owned businesses in Lebanon receive support to get back on their feet after the Beirut Port explosion

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Nada Khoury, Rosy Bteich, Silva Guiragossian and Marguerite El Zoughindy are four Lebanese women, that were directly affected by the Beirut Port explosion in 2020 as their businesses were severely damaged. Fortunately, they have been able to count on UN Women and partners for support to get back on their feet.

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.”

The United Nations Celebrates Women Leaders of Change in Lebanon on International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Beirut, Lebanon Monday, March 8, 2021 (United Nations) – On March 8, International Women’s Day, the United Nations honors women who are on the frontline of their fight against COVID-19. Today, on International Women’s Day, the UN pays tribute to the countless women in Lebanon, striving in their communities to combat the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, its health, economic and social effects on the country. While trying to mitigate the effects of this deadly pandemic,...

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.

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Kaouther Kotersi, breaking barriers for people living with disabilities in Tunisia

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Kotersi knows a thing or two about determination and resilience. She was only 13 years old when she was involved in an accident that resulted in her losing her ability to walk. This marked the beginning of a long and difficult journey to fulfil her ambitions. Growing up in Ajim, a rural community in Djerba, which is an island in the south of Tunisia, she endured backlash and constant discouragement from those around her.

Take five: Interview with artist Zainab Fasiki

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Zainab Fasiki, 26, is a comic artist and mechanical engineer born in Fez, Morocco. From a very young age she was interested in drawing and robotics. At age 15, she began to draw comics on her tablet and computer.

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Caroline Fattal, one the “most powerful Arab women in business” dedicated to supporting Lebanese women entrepreneurs

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Lebanese businesswoman Caroline Fattal, 49 years old, has been named one of the “Most Powerful Arab Women in Business” by Forbes Middle East in 2014, 2015, 2017 and again last year, in 2020. Co-founder of Stand for Women, a Lebanon-based NGO, she has dedicated much of her time since 2017 to helping more female entrepreneurs enter and grow in the local economy and to take on leadership positions in the private sector. Since the August 2020 Beirut explosion, Fattal and Stand for Women have partnered with UN Women to support small women-owned businesses that were impacted by the explosion.

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.

Migrants and their support groups review priorities of migrant women, children and youth in the Arab States

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

About a hundred migrants and their support groups, including regional and national networks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community and faith-based organizations, academia, private sector, media, and UN representatives attended an online consultation on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) for women migrant workers, migrant children and youth in the Arab states region on 15 February 2021.

[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.

Take five: “Women should lead the conversation on gender equality”

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hayat Mirshad is a 32-year-old Lebanese feminist, human rights activist and gender, communications and advocacy expert. As co-founder of the feminist collective FE-MALE in Lebanon, she advocates against discriminatory gender norms and policies and works closely with UN Women’s Men and Women for Gender Equality programme funded by the Government of Sweden. The programme works to change behaviours and social norms for gender equality in the Arab States. Mirshad is also a member of UN Women’s Gender Innovation Agora and was recognized as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2020 for her activism on women’s rights. In this interview, she shares her journey of fighting gender inequity and explains how to rally for wide-reaching and sustainable impact.

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.

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.

Press release: WFP and UN Women join forces to foster Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Palestine

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed an agreement to better support the State of Palestine to accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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