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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).

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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: 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.

Two months on, Beirut’s elderly women are still reeling from the blast

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.

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.

After the Beirut blasts, Lebanon urgently needs medical and mental health care

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.

Op-ed: A month after the blast, let's rebuild Beirut as the Arab region's first feminist city

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

Young women and men step up to rebuild Beirut after the blasts

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.

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 the words of Rama: “I have realized half of my dreams. Now I need to realize the other half”

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).

UN Women and partners provide immediate relief to women and girls impacted by the Beirut blasts

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Reeling from deep economic crisis, COVID-19, and now the blasts, Lebanon needs women at the centre of recovery plans.

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.

From where we stand: Our journey of resilience and empowerment between two crises.

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.

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