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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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”...
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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.
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UN Women announced the appointment of award-winning, Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi as the first Planet 50-50 champion for the Arab States Region. Focusing on young women and girls, Ms. Fathi will be working closely with UN Women to push for young women entrepreneurship in the region and to advocate for the rights of women survivors of violence with a particular focus on ending child marriage.
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In an agreement signed today, the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) committed to the opening of the new UN Women Liaison Office for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi. As a founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, UAE has poised itself as forward looking country committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is also a top contributor to UN Women from the Arab Region.
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More than 40 governments voiced their support for UN Women and dozens announced new funding commitments during a special pledging event for the organization on 1 July, during the 2015 annual session of its Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York.
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Dubai, 11 March – In support of UN Women’s mission to end violence against women, Google partnered with the Dubai Lynx for the 7-Day Brief Competition powered by YouTube. The competition, now in its third year, dispatched a brief to the creative community across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) inviting them to create a 60-second video in just seven days that raises awareness about this social cause.
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Ahead of the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015, YouTube has posted a “7-Day Brief” which this year calls on creative professionals from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to produce a campaign on behalf of UN Women. With the brief now live, contestants have until midday (Gulf Standard Time) on 21 January to create a video ad for YouTube which encourages viewers to donate and help UN Women establish hotlines across the MENA region for survivors of domestic violence.
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Brussels — The European Commission, the European Parliament and UN Women this morning kicked off the two-day Spring Forward for Women conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Conference brings together women lawmakers from the Arab States and Members of the European Parliament. Participants will share their experiences in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in both the European Union and the Arab States.
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At a special event at United Nations headquarters today, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and UN Women announced the launch of a global study to review progress and challenges since the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, in 2000.
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As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected.
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Pakhi Begum left Bangladesh for Dubai to work as a maid, only to find that her recruiter had sold her into domestic servitude. After months of hard labour and abuse she fell ill and was sent back to B
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The 66th General Debate of the UN General Assembly closed this week with evidence of firm commitments to gender equality throughout the speeches of high-level government representatives. Emphasizing the importance of international efforts to achieve gender equality, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also announced USD 5 million to UN Women.