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From where I stand: Raja Shahwan

04 November 2016

Raja Shahwan, 40, participated in the “Spring Forward for Women” regional programme funded by the European Union and UN Women to promote the access and effective participation of marginalized women in economic and public life. Today Ms. Shahwan is employed full-time and an active member of the Women Local Committees in Gaza, Palestine, which help women participate in local governance and community activities. More

"What if we switched roles?" new social experiment raises awareness of gender stereotypes in the Arab region

24 March 2016

For International Women’s Day this year, UN Women reached out to the region’s youth to virtually shift roles and see the world from each other’s eyes to challenge stereotypes. A social experiment video engaged 20 young men and women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria. They were asked to switch roles and answer questions as they think the other gender would. More

Girls and young women gain ground in male-dominated fields

08 October 2015

With support from UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, young women around the world are entering non-traditional economic and political spheres, and redefining leadership on their own terms. More

Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution

08 April 2015

More than 700 young Palestinians have received leadership and gender-sensitivity training and several have collectively drafted an alternative constitution that challenges the status quo. More

"I came to CSW because..."

19 March 2015

Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A snapshot of their messages and perspectives on this year’s session of CSW… More

Joint statement on the passing of Maha Abu Dayyeh

16 January 2015

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of the Global Study on Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325. "It is with great sadness and regret that we learn of the passing away of Ms. Maha Abu-Dayyeh (24 August 1951 – 9 January 2015), a leading Palestinian women’s rights activist and a valued member of the United Nations High-Level Advisory Group of the Global Study on implementation of Security Council resolution 1325..." More

In Palestine, specialized prosecutors ensure women survivors’ access to justice

20 November 2014

UN Women is working with the Attorney General’s Office in Palestine on a human-rights-based approach to handling cases of domestic and gender-based violence, by training public prosecutors in line with international standards and developing operating procedures. More

Statement of the UN Women Executive Director on the crisis relating to Gaza

22 July 2014

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on all sides to immediately halt the violence and allow full humanitarian access. While responding to the immediate crisis is vital for saving lives, she says a political solution is imperative to allow for long-term peace and development that benefits all, regardless of race, age or gender. More

John Hendra urges greater participation of women in all spheres of public life during visit to Palestine

23 October 2013

UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, John Hendra, undertook a three-day official visit to the UN Women office in Palestine, where he met with members of the Government, civil society, UN agencies and donors to advocate for greater commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Bringing some happiness: Women ushering change and well-being in their communities

20 March 2013

To mark the first International Day of Happiness (20 March), we bring you the stories of change-makers whose daily efforts make many people happy, as they improve lives and help many to overcome hardships. More

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan Cassell at a side event on the COMMIT Initiative

06 March 2013

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan-Cassell at the high-level side event on the COMMIT Initiative, 5 March, 2013, in New York. More

Palestinian hip hop group DAM raises awareness of ‘honour killings’ through a powerful music video

09 November 2012

“Before she was murdered, she wasn't alive. We'll tell her story backwards from her murder to her birth… begin the Arabic rap lyrics, soon interlaced with a mournful chorus from the renowned Palestinian soloist Amal Murkus. More

Young Palestinian activists carry out their role in bringing about peace

25 October 2012

In the offices of the General Union of Palestinian Women -a bastion for older-generation prominent women politicians- two young Palestinian women listen to the discussions, feeling a little shy in the midst of such veteran advocates. More

Making profits, changing mindsets: Women’s cooperatives bring social change in the occupied Palestinian territories

21 August 2012

As a young girl, Khitam Sameeh dreamed of finishing high school in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt) and staking out a career path. Instead, an early arranged marriage at 15 left her raising five children, with few options for easing a daily economic struggle. She was not alone: according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in 2011, 92.3 per cent of women aged 15 to 29 years-old are married. More

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process marks International Women’s Day with Palestinian women’s movement leaders

28 March 2012

Thursday, 8 March— The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Robert Serry, met with leaders from the Palestinian women's movement in Ramallah, to extend his best wi More

In Palestine, a Centre offers shelter and changes lives for survivors of violence

13 March 2012

At the Mehwar Centre, survivors are healing their wounds, rebuilding their self-esteem and getting an education so that they can transform their lives. More

Palestinian Women: Bread Makers, Bread-Winners

22 February 2012

It is 6.30 a.m. in the West Bank, part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and Istethkar Abdelkarim has already been working for two hours. And yet she couldn't be happier. More

Gazans Unite at Festival to Combat Violence against Women

13 December 2011

As part of activities worldwide to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, UN agencies and civil society organizations brought together an audience of 1,000 people on 8 December 2011 for the 2nd Central Festival to Combat Violence Against Women in the Gaza Strip. More

Online Publication Launch: Exploring Dynamics and Vulnerabilities of HIV Transmission Amongst Sex Workers in the Palestinian Context

07 June 2011

Thirty years since the start of the AIDS epidemic and on the occasion of the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS (8-10 June 2011, New York), the UN Women office in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) will release the publication “Exploring the Dynamics and Vulnerabilities of HIV Transmission Amongst Sex Workers in the Palestinian Context online on 9 June 2011. Supported by UN Women, the operational research publication aims to emphasize the importance of strengthening the current national HIV and AIDS policy in the oPt, dispel stigmas attached to sex work and call for greater efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and support reintegration. More

Palestinian Cabinet Endorses National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women

17 January 2011

The Palestinian Cabinet endorsed a nine-year national strategic plan to combat violence against women in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), the first of its kind in the Arab region developed through a bottom-up approach. Officially adopted on 11 January 2011 and announced at the Palestinian Ministry of Women's Affairs during a press conference today, the strategy takes on a cross-sector approach, recognizing violence against women as a development issue affecting the social, economic and political systems of Palestinian society. More

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