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Image credit: International IDEA supports a regional campaign on women political participation:  - International IDEA
Friday, March 11, 2022
International IDEA supports a regional campaign on women political participation: 'Her Participation, our future' #مشاركتها_مستقبلنا
International IDEA has made women's participation one of its main axes in improving the inclusiveness of electoral processes in the Arab region. To combat inequitable attitudes towards women in the effective exercise of their civic and political...
Diversified approaches to prevent violence against women during elections in the Arab region
Friday, March 11, 2022
Diversified approaches to prevent violence against women during elections in the Arab region
International IDEA works to reduce the gap between women's rights as affirmed in the legal texts in the different Arab countries and the low rates of women in decision-making positions. Indeed, the extension of the right to vote to women has...
A woman leads singing during a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. The group demanded the overthrow of the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. (Monique Jaques / Corbis via Getty Images
Wednesday, March 02, 2022
Rising in the rankings, Arab women dream of gender equality
Throughout history, Arab women have suffered greatly under foreign occupation, believing that one day their countries would be free and Women would have political freedom. However, their hopes were quickly dashed as they were forced to live under...
RepresentWomen's Arab State Brief - cover
Friday, December 24, 2021
RepresentWomen's Arab State Brief
RepresentWomen's Arab State Brief reviews the extent to which women are represented in Arab countries, the history of Arab independence and revolutions - and their impact on women's rights and representation; and country-specific information that...
CSW  side event
Monday, March 22, 2021
Gender Justice & The Law Implications of inequality before the law for full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence
This side event during CSW65 would build on the 2020 annual meeting of the Governmental Subcommittee on Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals. The objective of the session would be to: - Introduce the Gender Justice and the Law tool...
Of course it was women who were front and centre – so many had nothing to lose (Picture: LWPP)   Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/12/18/10-years-on-from-the-arab-spring-we-must-not-forget-the-women-13771330/?ito=cbshare  Twitter: https://twitter.com/Me
Friday, January 15, 2021
10 years on from the Arab Spring, I’m remembering the women who gave their lives for change
By Hibbaq Osman, Founder of Karama, a network of women's rights organisations Soon it will be a decade since the smoke from fire raging in Tunisia reached Cairo, the city I call home.  In December 2010, a trickle of protest in a small city in Tunis...
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Webinar: Women, Power and Politics in the Middle East
In 2019, the visibility and participation of women in protests across the Middle East and North Africa challenged male-led political establishments in the region. But with the global health crisis offering regimes some respite from popular...
Friday, June 19, 2020
Online regional dialogue: Women’s Leadership in the context of COVID-19 in the Arab States Region
UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with the Arab Women Parliamentarians' Network for Equality (Ra’edat) will host a regional Dialogue on women’s leadership in the Arab states region in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Gender Justice & The Law: Assessment of laws affecting gender equality in the Arab States region
Conducted by UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, and ESCWA, this study on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region provides a comprehensive assessment of laws and policies affecting gender equality and protection against gender-based violence in...
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
UN ESCWA Report on Women’s Political Representation in the Arab Region
The objective of this study is to generate evidence-based policy recommendations for Arab States, in order to help them scale-up efforts to meet their commitments as relates to goal 5 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),...
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Call for Papers of the International conference on "Women and Politics in an Age of Uncertainty"
Academic context Along with the emergence of popular movements for democratic change in MENA region countries, the past few years have also brought clear evidence of crisis in longstanding democratic and undemocratic states. Democracy in many parts...
Friday, November 18, 2016
UN ESCWA and UN Women Join Hands to Discuss Regional Accountability Tool for Achieving Gender Equality in Public Institutions
Government representatives and officials from the National Women Machineries (NWMs) in the Member States of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) today adopted a unified Arab framework to measure accountability...
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Song on Gender Equality: In My Hand - بئيدي
The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. As part of its efforts to engage youth as champions for gender equality, IWSAW released an...
Friday, September 09, 2016
Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality
The Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality "Ra’edat", or "Pioneers" in English, is a regional parliamentary network that advocates gender equality and the fair participation of women in policymaking in the Arab States region. The Network...
Monday, August 29, 2016
The Arab International Women’s Forum Conference
Under the theme “Young Arab Women Leaders: The Voice of the Future”, the Arab International Women’s Forum will host its 8th Conference in Kuwait on 19-20 October 2016. Click here for more information.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Cartoon Series by Womankind Foundation to Engage Arab Societies in Women's Rights Debate
"Fiction can be an engaging, non-confrontational way to set the scene for constructive conversations, even on the most serious issues. We hope that Be 100 Ragl II can help enlighten men and women on how to build a more just and equal society...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond
On January 30, 2014, the Middle East Program and Global Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Woodrow Wilson Center and CARE hosted an event “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond” with Stephenie...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
UN campaign highlights unsung work of women in Middle East peace-building
The Guardian has published an article on UN’s campaign to highlight the role of women in peace-building and conflict resolution– hoping that their largely unsung work in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Palestine will inspire others. A series of five...

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