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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

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

Condolences on the death of Ameera BinKaram

24 October 2016

UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home yesterday, 22 October. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in United Arab Emirates

20 October 2016

During her first visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka inaugurated  UN Women’s Liaison Office for the Gulf region in Abu Dhabi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world, and attended the “Investing in the Future – the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region”... More

“Women are change-makers”—Executive Director

20 October 2016

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the opening ceremony of IIFMENA conference in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. More

UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch partnership

19 October 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world. More

UN Women inaugurates new Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi

18 October 2016

UN Women inaugurated its Liaison Office for the Gulf region in Abu Dhabi, which aims to strengthen UN Women’s presence and ensure a robust and reinforced partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The Liaison Office, the first of its kind in the Gulf region, will enable UN Women to support and accelerate efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment that several Gulf States have been undertaking in the past two decades. More

Statement by UN Women on the release of Homa Hoodfar from Iranian prison

28 September 2016

UN Women welcomes the release on 26 September 2016 of the Canadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar from prison in Iran, where she had been detained since 6th June 2015. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri meets with Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission

27 September 2016

On 29 September, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri met with Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission Representative Dr. Tamadrr Al-Rammah, to discuss issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

From where I stand: Monira Hwaijeh

21 September 2016

Monira Hwaijeh, 58, is one of the 12 members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria earlier this year. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the independent civil society representatives that make up WAB, consult regularly with the Special Envoy and provide recommendations to assist the peace talks. More

In host country Lebanon, refugee and rural women build entrepreneurship, cohesion and future

14 September 2016

Women entrepreneurs from refugee and host communities in Lebanon are using their unique skills and creativity to build their own model of social stability in Lebanon while launching economically viable businesses. More

The League of Arab States and UN Women conclude the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region”

06 September 2016

The League of Arab States and UN Women concluded the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region” on Monday, 5 September. More

Women of Syria, a strong constituency for peace

01 September 2016

On 31 August, 2016, on the sidelines of its Executive Board session, UN Women organized a panel with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board, where they shared their experience and recommendations for lasting peace. More

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