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UN Women applauds UAE President’s decision to increase Emirati women’s representation in Federal National Council to 50 per cent

Monday, December 10, 2018

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, has warmly welcomed the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to raise the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent. More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In her remarks at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on all members of the community, including leaders, parents and educators to say no to child marriage. More

In Lebanon, healing the wounds of violence through theatre

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Through participatory theatre performances using acting and puppetry, women and men in Lebanon are speaking up to claim their rights, with some going on to become community mobilizers. More

Community centres at the forefront of protection, prevention and response services to vulnerable women and girls in Jordan

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dunya Khalil* and Basma Hamed* are both survivors of domestic violence. Living in a rural area, with limited livelihood opportunities and confronted with the need to provide for their children, they found protection support and counselling services at the women and girls’ centre in Ajloun operated by the Institute for Family Health and UN Women, with the generous support of the Government of Japan. More

From where I stand: “For the 16 Days of Activism…I am planning to highlight women who are speaking up against harassment”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nesrine Charikhi is a radio reporter from Algiers, the capital of Algeria. In 2017, she took part in a training on gender-sensitive reporting for journalists organized by UN Women in partnership with the Algerian Ministry of Communication. One year later, Charikhi explains how the training has helped her change her way of reporting on violence against women and girls, especially through her radio show, “At the Heart of Society”. More

From where I stand: “I went back to university to pursue my degree in Gender Studies; I am the only male student in the class”

Friday, November 9, 2018

Meet Imad Natour, a Palestinian police officer who specializes in domestic violence cases as part of the Family and Juvenile Protection Unit. The unit, supported by a joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, provides survivors of violence with medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection. The unit is also creating powerful gender equality advocates like Natour within communities. More

#HearMeToo: Afghan women, the faces of change

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Women’s Protection Centre is part of a network of 11 shelters in nine provinces across Afghanistan. They have offered refuge to more than 1,600 survivors of gender-based violence this year, along with a combination of medical, legal and psychosocial services, and skills training so that women can restart their lives. Family Guidance Centres in five provinces offer mediation support, where lawyers, social workers and others engage with women who remain in their communities without facing any imminent risks. More

In the words of Hajer Sharief: “Peacebuilding is not only about stopping violence, it is also about the prevention of violence”

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hajer Sharief is the co-founder of the organization “Together We Build it”, which aims to promote a peaceful democratic transition in Libya, inclusive of women and youth. More

In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: “When it comes to women’s rights, there’s no room for diplomacy”

Friday, October 19, 2018

Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 – 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women’s rights activist, Ms. Gilly Khailany was one of the key parliamentarians who legislated the 25 per cent quota for women in Iraqi provincial councils. More

In the words of Taffan Ako: “I believe you have to be in the system in order to change the system”

Friday, October 5, 2018

A refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan, Taffan Ako fled to Sweden in 1997 with her family. Today she is the Coordinator of One Young World Ambassadors for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe and founder of EmpowHERment, an organization that assists women and young girls who have been former ISIS sex slaves or victims of human trafficking. Her foundation finances integration projects for children and women in Europe and in Iraqi Kurdistan. Ako was one of the Young Leaders attending the EU Development Days in June 2018 and spoke to UN Women about her experience growing up as a refugee in Sweden and her activism today. More

Press release: UN Women and WFP harness innovation for women’s economic empowerment in crisis situations

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan. More

Take five: “Yemeni women and girls are the ones who are paying the price of war”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani has worked with UN Women as a Programme Associate in Yemen since 2017. Prior to joining UN Women, she was part of the Yemen Parliamentarians Against Corruption and worked for the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. As the conflict in Yemen nears its fourth year, the conditions are worsening for women and girls: 76 per cent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are women and children, and an estimated 3 million women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence, according to UNFPA. In this interview, Ms. Al-Khawlani shares the current needs and priorities of Yemeni women and girls. More

Land rights at last for Sulaliyyate women in Morocco

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After 10 years of advocacy, ethnic Sulaliyyate women of Morocco finally have equal land rights. On 23 July, a State-run lottery distributed some 860 plots of land equally among men and women, as part of ongoing efforts to privatize land throughout the country. More

Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections. The dramatic increase in women members is the result of a 2016 electoral law that includes the principles of parity and alternation between men and women on candidate lists for all elections. More

The Road towards a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for Lebanon

Monday, August 20, 2018

Wedged between prolonged conflict on both its northern and southern borders with Syria and Israel, respectively, Lebanon has endured immense stress over the past several decades. Presently, Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, and the country is still reeling from the effects of an internal armed conflict that dates to the 1970s. Recognizing that women and girls are differently impacted by conflict and the critical role they play in building and sustaining peace, in 2017 the Council of Ministers tasked the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), to develop Lebanon’s first National Action Plan (NAP) to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. More

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis

Monday, August 13, 2018

The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis. More

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan

Friday, August 10, 2018

1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq. More

Remembering Yazidi genocide, four years later

Friday, August 3, 2018

On 1 August 2018, ahead of the fourth anniversary of the ISIS attack on the Yazidi community in Sinjar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten and Free Yezidi Foundation Executive Director Pari Ibrahim participated in a panel discussion to mark and remember the genocide victims. More

For women in Gaza, having their own income is key to changing power dynamics at home

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Hayat Business Incubator (Food Incubator) initiative for women survivors of violence, supported by UN Women and funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), is piloting a comprehensive model for addressing violence against women by providing skills training and income-generating opportunities to five women who are survivors of domestic violence, while also providing them with essential services, such as psychosocial support and social workers who assist them in accessing legal aid. More

Syrian women come together to create a common framework for their movement

Thursday, July 5, 2018

On June 25 – 26, June 2018, almost 200 Syrian women leaders met in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss ways to safeguard and advance women’s rights in Syria, as part of a conference titled, “Toward a Framework for the Syrian Women Movement”. The conference was grounded on UN Women’s ongoing advocacy and coalition-building work with Syrian women leaders and activists. Despite their significant differences and diverse backgrounds across political, ideological and... More

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