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Known as Yemen’s “Mother of Detainees,” Laila Lutf AL-Thawr is a prominent human rights activist who has mediated the exchange and release of over 1000 prisoners and detainees. She is also the first woman to hold a top position in a Yemeni political party, the Arab Hope Party. To mark the International Day for Human Rights, Al-Thawr spoke with the Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action, supported by UN Women, about the challenges women detainees in Yemen face, as well as the threats against women human rights defenders
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Activists and advocates who participated in the global convening on “Gender-Inclusive Peace Processes: Strengthening Women’s Meaningful Participation through Constituency Building." explore good practices and strategies for gender-inclusive constituency building and the links between constituency building and women’s meaningful participation in formal peace processes.
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The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has cut short the success of many small businesses in Yemen, and the closure of schools has increased the burden of care for mothers.
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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.
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Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani has worked with UN Women as a Programme Associate in Yemen since 2017. Prior to joining UN Women, she was part of the Yemen Parliamentarians Against Corruption and worked for the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. As the conflict in Yemen nears its fourth year, the conditions are worsening for women and girls: 76 per cent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are women and children, and an estimated 3 million women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence, according to UNFPA. In this interview, Ms. Al-Khawlani shares the current needs and priorities of Yemeni women and girls.
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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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“A day in the life of…”, a new editorial series, provides a glimpse into the daily work and challenges Dina Zorba, Head of Office for UN Women in Yemen, faces in the field.
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When the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, briefed the UN Security Council on 23 October, he outlined the specific impact the civil conflict is having on women and mentioned UN Women’s efforts in the region. He also presented a letter prepared by Yemeni women, in which they call for an end to the violence and the inclusion of women voices in all peace efforts.
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A new Gender Alert emphasizes how essential it is that any needs assessment in Yemen reflect gender in their scope and analysis and are based on accurate sex and age disaggregated data, so that the needs and vulnerabilities of the women, men, girls and boys of the crisis affected population are adequately identified and addressed.
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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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Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on security and women’s experiences in Egypt, Yemen and Syria, at a General Assembly side event on “Inclusive transition: The role of women in political transition in the MENA region,” New York, 24 September 2013.
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Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).