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UN Women Executive Director’s Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

In her message for International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape".

The men who are standing tall against early marriages in the Gaza Strip

Monday, November 18, 2019

After taking part in UN Women’s Regional Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, men and boys have become change makers to promote gender equality and challenge the tradition of early marriage.

Press release: Protecting women’s rights in North Africa is key to ending violent extremism, a new extensive UN Women study finds

Monday, November 18, 2019

The findings of the two-year research project, generously funded by the Government of the United Kingdom, will be released in Tunis today highlighting the relationship between misogyny and hostile sexist attitudes and support for violent extremism. The last decade has witnessed an increase in violent extremism and acts of terrorism in North Africa. While the majority of those who have supported and joined extremist groups are men, North African countries have also seen many of their female citizens travel to other countries in the region to join the Islamic State on Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), despite its gender regressive ideology.

Experts highlight women’s empowerment as a pathway for development at 9th Kuwait Women’s Conference

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Gender experts, government and UN officials along with civil society and private sector representatives from the Arab states region gathered at the 9th Kuwait Women’s Conference to discuss challenges and approaches in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

High-Level Conference on the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Arab States

Sunday, November 17, 2019

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), UN Women, the League of Arab States, and the Arab Women Organization will hold a “High-Level Conference on Progress Made in the Implementation of Beijing after Twenty-Five Years” on 28 November 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel in Amman, Jordan.

I am Generation Equality: Racha Haffar, anti-trafficking activist

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Racha Haffar, 30, is an award-winning women rights activist from Tunisia, and the founder and president of ‘Not 4 Trade,’ the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is member of UN Women’s Beijing+25 Youth Task Force.

How cash-for-work helped Hala stand on her own feet after her husband’s death

Monday, October 28, 2019

Hala lived a long love story with Fares. Together, they had three daughters who were the center of their attention and happiness. Fares worked as a carpenter and spared no effort in creating a happy life for his family in Mosul, Iraq.

Why are women and youth still not in the picture?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Aisha Altubuly, (22), co-leader and coordinator of the organization Together We Build It (TWBI), based in Tripoli, Libya, has been working on women's issues since she was 15 years old. Through her work, she has supported the capacity of youth stakeholders to speak up and take active roles in decision-making processes within the framework of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 2250. She is currently studying Political Science with a specialization in International Relations and a minor in Public Policy and administration at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is also member of the UN Women Youth Gender Innovative Agora.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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