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From where I stand: “Women have to be at the heart of the Africa of tomorrow”

20 July 2017

Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she took part in the High-Level Women Leaders’ Forum for Africa’s Transformation and the launch of the African Women Leaders’ Network. More

Finding a new normal in the Za’atari refugee camp

19 June 2017

Of Syrian and Jordanian descent, Hadeel Al-Zoubi, 40 years old, is the UN Women Senior Camp Assistant at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. She joined UN Women in 2013 because she felt compelled to help people caught in the Syrian refugee crisis. More

Statement: Response to the naming of a community centre in Burqa, Occupied West Bank

28 May 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016. The UN Women logo in the recent inauguration event of the centre was used without any prior authorization from the United Nations. UN Women strongly condemns all acts of terrorism and the glorification of such acts. UN Women dissociates itself from the centre and all related activities and, at the request of UN Women, the logo has been removed. More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

22 May 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

From where I stand: “It was my dream to wear the uniform”

25 April 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Sharqawi was among the first women to join the Palestinian Civil Police in 1997, going against all norms. The only family member who supported her decision at the time was her brother, who followed in her footsteps and became a police officer later. Today, Colonel Sharqawi liaises with UN Women and other international agencies on security sector reform and gender-responsive police services. Gender equality is becoming a priority within the Palestinian police force, and public perceptions about women in police are shifting. More

Leveraging the Technovation Challenge, Tunisian girls start coding

17 April 2017

Girls across Tunisia are getting ready for the third edition of the Technovation Challenge, a global initiative that invites girls aged 10 – 18 years to learn and apply technology to solve problems within their communities. Working in teams, girls build mobile applications and use business planning to launch these apps, supported by mentors. Some 70 teams and more than 300 applicants have registered for the 2017 national pitch in Tunisia, and finalists would be announced in May 2017. More

“It Takes a Woman” to build peace in Syria

13 April 2017

UN Women launches audiovisual campaign at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the Region More

“Creating economic opportunities for refugees and their hosts is a win-win solution”—Yannick Glemarec

05 April 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Brussels Conference Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Session 3: Supporting the region and the refugees–implementation of London commitments and the way ahead, on 5 April in Brussels, Belgium. More

From where I stand: “Bureaucracy and traditions are holding back youth”

05 April 2017

Waad Hayef Alhlaili wants to create the first women’s shelter in Kuwait so that she and others can be safe from violence More

At Brussels Conference, UN Women calls for economic opportunities and political engagement of Syrian women

03 April 2017

As Syria enters its seventh year of war, leaving millions of refugees and internally displaced people in need of emergency and humanitarian assistance, UN Women will join major donors, government representatives, UN agencies, civil society, humanitarian and development organizations at the “Brussels conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” taking place from 4 – 5 April. More

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

28 March 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp. More

UN Secretary-General visits UN Women centre in Za’atari refugee camp, his first stop on his visit to Jordan

28 March 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan on Tuesday morning, 28 March 2017. Coming ahead of his participation at the Arab Summit (Dead Sea, 23-29 March 2017), this is the first official visit of Mr. Guterres to Jordan and the region in his capacity as UN Secretary-General. More

From where I stand: “Their expressions when they created their first website were priceless”

28 February 2017

In the small town of Tafila, in the southern part of Jordan, a social enterprise started by young Jordanian women is teaching teenagers, including girls, computer programming. As the world of work changes, education and training in ICT is critical in preparing women to seize the opportunities in the growing digital economy. More

From where I stand: “One day, I want to wake up to find gender equality is real”

24 February 2017

Hayfa Sdiri has created a platform for Tunisian youth, connecting entrepreneurs with ideas, skills and funders. More

From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

22 February 2017

Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community More

Arab States build consensus on accelerating women´s economic empowerment ahead of CSW

10 February 2017

Ahead of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, governments of the Arab States region met to prepare a common position on women’s economic empowerment, with emphasis on equal pay for work of equal value, women’s entrepreneurship and harnessing the power of technology and innovation for women’s empowerment. More

Speech: “To promote gender equality and women’s rights, we need peace”—Lakshmi Puri

02 February 2017

Closing remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Panel discussion on Women Girls Gender Equality in Action, during the Helsinki Conference on Syria. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at Helsinki Conference on Syria

23 January 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will travel to Finland this week to participate at the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region on 24 January More

Getting Muna back on her feet

07 December 2016

Muna Hadad has suffered a lifetime of violence and abuse. Fearing her son’s safety, she left her abusive second husband and found refuge in a woman’s shelter supported by UN Women. Today, she is safe, independent and a working mother. More

Voices for dignity: Providing assistance, amplifying the voices of women and girls fleeing Mosul

29 November 2016

During a recent emergency mission near eastern Mosul, where military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed formerly thriving communities, UN Women distributed urgent necessity kits containing basic provisions for families and feminine hygiene products to 144 families who have fled the Mosul conflict, and now live in IDP camps. More

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