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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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.
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.
Monday, October 26, 2020
According to a rapid assessment that UN Women and ACTED produced immediately after the August 2020 explosion, elderly women are among the most vulnerable. They are less likely than men to have worked in their life, to have savings or pensions, and are over-represented among Lebanon’s poorest.
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.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
One of UN Women’s partner on the ground, the Restart Center, is providing treatment, psychosocial support and distributing medicine to the most vulnerable.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
While we mourn, we must not romanticise the Beirut we lost. Lebanon before 4 August was one where inequalities were rife and insufficiently addressed
Monday, August 24, 2020
While humanitarian action in Beirut is in full swing after the two explosions that hit the city on 4 August, killing hundreds and displacing more than 300,000 people, even as COVID-19 cases rise, Lebanese youth have taken to the streets, masks on, providing food and assistance to those in need.
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...
Monday, August 17, 2020
In 2015, Rama*, who was then 16 years old, sought protection from her husband at a women’s shelter run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This is one of four shelters supported by UN Women’s regional programme “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey,” funded by the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU Madad Fund).
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Reeling from deep economic crisis, COVID-19, and now the blasts, Lebanon needs women at the centre of recovery plans.
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.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Ten years since the start of the conflict, with more than 5.6 million people fled Syria to neighboring countries and Jordan is currently hosting more than 747,031 Syrian refugees. Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict and displacement, and they are now facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.