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From where I stand: “Empowerment begins with knowing your labour rights”

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ayk Sbaihat is a Palestinian human rights lawyer who used to provide legal aid to survivors of violence. In 2016, she took on a new journey, through the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) of UN Women, helping female workers in Jenin, a northern city in the West Bank, to protect their labour rights. More

Press release: European Union–UN Women partnership bolsters efforts in response to Syrian crisis

Thursday, December 21, 2017

EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis steps up its support to women’s empowerment in Jordan, Iraq and Turkey through a EUR 12.5 million investment. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director inaugurates programme office in Bahrain during the 16 Days of Activism

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

During the 16 Days of Activism, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka undertook her first visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. More

Press release: UN Initiative to boost resilience of women and youth in the Sahel through climate-smart agriculture launched at One Planet Summit

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, was launched today at the One Planet Summit. The launch coincides with a gathering of world leaders in the French capital to mark the anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement. More

Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"What would the world look like in 2030 if it lived up to our expectations? Violence against women will be something that is not a norm, but an outlier. Mainstream society would not tolerate gender-based violence, would not tolerate domestic violence, would not tolerate trafficking. Everywhere we would have mechanisms to make sure that these practices do not thrive." - Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit More

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism in Bahrain

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Bahrain. More

UN Women Executive Director’s remarks at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates More

UN Women Executive Director calls on private sector to boost women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship at the Economic Empowerment Summit in Sharjah

Monday, December 4, 2017

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 5 December, for the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit; kicks off programme to advance business opportunities for women, with UAE and Procter & Gamble More

Survivors find hope in women’s centres across Jordan

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

At 16 years of age, Maysam Hamed found herself in the women’s prison in Jordan. Her crime was that she had run away from child abuse at her father’s house, and had found herself on the streets, until the authorities took her in for administrative detention. What follows is a cycle of abuse that Hamed is finally able to break out of, with sustained support through a multi-sectoral joint programme by UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the Jordanian Women’s Union. More

In the words of Pari Ibrahim: “Escaping ISIS is only the beginning, we cannot leave them alone in that journey.”

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pari Ibrahim is the founder and Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), an independent, non-profit organization that provides services for women survivors of the violence ISIS attacks on the Yezidi community. More

Making stepping out of home safer for women and girls in Marrakech

Monday, November 13, 2017

There is hardly a woman or a girl, in urban and rural areas alike, who has not experienced sexual harassment or the threat of sexual violence in public spaces. Unwanted sexual remarks and jokes, groping, indecent exposure and many other forms of sexual harassment are often trivialized and rarely legislated. As women’s voices around the world rise in protest, UN Women’s Safe City programme in Marrakech has engaged people from all walks of life—from bus and taxi drivers to journalists—to prevent and respond to sexual harassment. More

In the words of Jana Mustafa: “Disability should not stop anyone from starting over”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jana Mustafa is a former employee of a local NGO and a survivor of violence. One day she hopes to open a small business to support her six-year-old son Jamal and prove that her disability is not an issue. More

Standing up for survivors in the Shari’a court every day: Ayah al-Wakil is determined to leave no woman behind

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ayah al-Wakil is a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip. Going to the Shari'a court every day to file cases on behalf of survivors of violence has been her morning routine since 2015. In November 2015, she was selected as one of the four female lawyers for a training with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, supported by the UN Women/UNDP joint programme, to defend women's rights at the Shari'a court. More

Investigating conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes—lessons from Iraq and Syria

Thursday, October 26, 2017

In the lead-up to UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, experts discuss what it takes to document and investigate conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes and pathways to justice for the crimes committed in Iraq and Syria. More

From where I stand: “Women are the leaders of today”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

For Khadeja Ramali from Libya, empowering young women to participate in the peacebuilding process is crucial to rebuilding the country post Arab Spring. More

UN Women and ESCWA launch project to estimate the cost of violence against women in the Arab Region

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This week in Beirut, UN Women and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia launched a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy. More

Humanitarian actors highlight women’s role in recovery and peacebuilding in Iraq

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On 19 September, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations in Geneva, human rights activists and UN Women participated in a side event of the 36th Human Rights Council, where they discussed the “Impact of Terrorism on the Rights of Women”. The panellists at the event, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq, included Iraq's Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mu'ayad Salih; the Chief of Crisis Preparedness, Prevention and Response at... More

Coverage: UN Secretary-General visits One Stop Centre in Palestine to meet survivors of violence

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

On his first mission to Israel and Palestine in his capacity as UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres visited the One Stop Centre in Palestine on Tuesday morning, 29 August 2017. Established in April 2017 in Ramallah, as part of a joint programme supported by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, the One Stop Centre is a unique facility that provides comprehensive in-house services to women and juvenile survivors of gender-based violence. More

In Palestine’s first One Stop Centre, women survivors of violence feel safe, protected and empowered

Monday, August 28, 2017

The One Stop Centre that was recently set up in Ramallah as part of a joint UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF programme, is one of a kind. The 24-hour facility provides various services that survivors of violence need—medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection—all under one roof. Since April 2017, it has already served more than 400 women and juvenile survivors. More

Historic day for women in Lebanon as Parliament repeals rape law

Friday, August 18, 2017

On the heels of Jordan and Tunisia scrapping discriminatory rape laws, the Lebanese Parliament agreed on 16 August, to abolish the Penal Code Article 522, the infamous “rape law” or “rape-marriage” law, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married his victim. More

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