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Reforming the laws that forced women to marry their rapists

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Years of collective mobilization, strategizing and innovation by women’s rights groups culminated in the repeal or reform of archaic laws across the Northern Africa and Western Asia region

From where I stand: “I am the living proof of what you can do if you don’t give up hope”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Narjis Mohaisen lost her eyesight at the age of 13, but didn’t give up her studies. After graduating from university, through UN Women’s Cash for Work project in Palestine supported by the Government of Japan, she has discovered ways to support students with disabilities pursue their dreams.

Take Five: “The economic participation of rural women is essential for growth and a more equitable distribution of wealth”

Friday, April 26, 2019

Maher Khalifi, a young Tunisian engineer, has developed a project that improves the coverage of Tunisia’s social protection system for rural women. The Tunisian Government has agreed to use a new application dubbed "Ahmini", which should allow 500,000 rural women to be integrated into social assistance system, allowing them access to benefits such as pensions. He is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April), co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Tunisia in collaboration with UNDP and UN Women. The Forum is the first of many global meetings leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Ask an activist: Twenty-five years since the adoption of Beijing Platform for Action, how far have we come, and is the Platform relevant for young people?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hana Faidi, 23, is a project consultant for an economic empowerment project at the Libyan Women’s Forum based in Tripoli, Libya. She also hones women’s negotiation and mediation skills. She is among the 500 participants of the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April) to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

From where I stand: “Local and global political and economic systems create and maintain social inequality”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Durga Sob is a Nepalese activist who founded the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in 1994, just ahead of the adoption of the visionary Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. She is among the 500 activists meeting in Tunisia from 24-26 April for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

Take five: We need “initiatives to raise the status of women, led by Muslim leaders”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bukuru Elie Khalfan, President and Legal Representative of the Northern Corridor Alliance of Imams for Humanitarian Development (AICNDH) in Burundi. Through his involvement in the #ImamsForShe campaign—launched in 2015 by the Muslims for Progressive Values Initiative in the spirit of UN Women’s #HeForShe campaign—he promotes women's rights and access to education, as well as women's empowerment through cooperatives.

The Tunis Forum on gender equality

Friday, April 12, 2019

Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women’s rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This will be the first of many global meetings leading up to the year 2020, calling for actions to accelerate progress and protect the hard-won gains of women’s rights.

Yemeni women leaders call for recognition and support of women-led organizations as part of humanitarian response in Yemen

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Yemeni women’s rights leaders call for recognition, support and funding at the event themed, “Yemeni women’s leadership in the peace process, humanitarian space and beyond”, taking place in Geneva on 25 February, in the context of the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. The event was organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations (UN), UN Women, CARE International, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Oxfam International.

Safe spaces for women, by women, bring smart infrastructure for all

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

From marketplaces in the Pacific to parks in eastern Europe, women are rising up and demanding safety, respect and inclusion in public spaces, and coming together to make it happen. Through community efforts, UN Women is working around the world to help women claim their space.

In the words of Rajaa Altalli: “Women are leading efforts to push forward in Syria”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rajaa Altalli was 12 years old when her father was arrested by the Syrian government for being part of a political party. She thought she would never be involved in public life, but as the Syrian revolution erupted, she decided otherwise. Altalli is now a member of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria to ensure that women’s perspectives and leadership is taken into account in the peace process.

Governments and civil society representatives from the Arab States region come together to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, February 18, 2019

Representatives from 19 Arab States governments and the international community have gathered from across the region to participate in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) that took place in Cairo, Egypt on 4 February 2019

African Union calls upon its Member States to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, February 18, 2019

Over 300 representatives from the African Union Member States came together to participate in the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) held in Cairo, Egypt, on 5 February 2019.

Press release: UN Women and Procter & Gamble announce newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit  

Monday, February 18, 2019

Co-hosted with UN Women, P&G’s first IMEA #WeSeeEqual Summit brought together business and government leaders, and influencers to share inspiration and surface insights around the myths that prevent us from accelerating our progress for gender equality.

Women’s centres in Jordan support refugee and Jordanian women

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Arab Women’s Organization (AWO), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, runs two women’s centres to respond to the unmet needs of women and girl survivors of violence; serving both Syrian refugees and the local Jordanian community.  

In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”

Monday, January 21, 2019

The SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre provides livelihood skills and psycho-social support and referral services to refugees like Nur Omar and local women in Gaziantep, Turkey. Set-up by UN Women, the Centre helps women like Nur Omar learn new skills and start a brighter future.

Challenging gender stereotypes through sport in Egypt

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Cairo SheWolves is one of the first all-women American football teams in Egypt. Photo: Courtesy of the Cairo Wolves. Gender norms and stereotypes prevail throughout Egypt, even in its bustling capital Cairo. It’s here that a novel project, an all-women American football team— is challenging gender norms in sport. Speaking to UN Women about the Cairo SheWolves, Ziad Gaafar Mohammed, coach of the women’s American football team in Cairo’s Dokki and Mohandeseen...

From where I stand: “Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household’s income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to a profitable entrepreneur.

Take five: “We must support women and girls, especially survivors, to lead change”

Friday, December 14, 2018

Jaha Dukureh, Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, is a survivor of FGM and was forced into child marriage at age 15. Recently, she participated at the “North Africa Sub-Regional Dialogue on Child Marriage and FGM/C”, organized by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States and North Africa in November 2018. In this interview, Ms. Dukureh speaks to UN Women about how best to address the particular vulnerabilities faced by migrant women and girls.

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.

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.

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