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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...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Book: Women’s Movements in Post-“Arab Spring” North Africa
Unexpected and transformative revolutions broke off in North Africa and quickly spread to the Middle East and the rest of the world in 2010 and 2011. Spontaneous, leaderless, youth-driven, and backed by social media, these revolutions called for...
Friday, June 03, 2016
France24: The long road to parity
In this special edition of France24’s program “The 51 percent”, the recent Women in Parliament Global Summit that happened in Jordan from 4 to 6 May 2016 is covered. Some 400 women politicians and policy-makers met to discuss ways of closing the...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
UN Women debuts "We Are Here" documentary series
UN Women Regional Office for Arab States announced on 18 May 2016 the debut and release of a six-part documentary series under the title of “We Are Here” highlighting the political, social, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution work of women living...
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Launching Nisaa Network, the First Multimedia Platform for Arab Women
Nisaa Broadcasting Corporation and the Womanity Foundation, in partnership with Bank al Etihad of Jordan, launched Nisaa Network, a ground-breaking multi-media platform and collaborative network that features inspiring reports on the role of women...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
New study looks at progress made in the status of women in 22 Arab countries
For Arab countries, the twentieth-anniversary review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform comes at a time when the region stands at a major crossroads in the context of recent uprisings, political instability and protracted armed conflicts...
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Oxfam Webinar on ‘Public influencing to end Violence against Women and Girls’
Despite the declarations and conventions created to prevent human rights violations and further protect women and girls, such as: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights; The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women; and, the ...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Animation: CEDAW for Arab Women
This animated video was launched by UN Women Jordan, during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence". While highlighting the positive effects of its implementation in the society, the video revises the negative connotations associated...
Friday, April 15, 2016
What if we switched roles? Arab youth experiments with gender stereotypes
In the Middle East and North Africa region, gender stereotypes are deeply rooted and affect women’s rights and access to work, political participation, freedom of mobility and safety from physical violence. For International Women’s Day this year,...
Friday, April 08, 2016
Infographic Video on Arab women's participation
Women's participation is key to development. There can be no peace, no democracy, no prosperity, and no progress without the full and equal participation of women. Watch this inforgraphic video, produced by the UNDP, on the discrepancies between...
Friday, April 08, 2016
Arab Women Legal e-Platform launched
As a result of the cooperation between the Centre for Arab Women Training and Research (CAWTAR), UN Women and UNDP, and with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND),...
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Summary of the e-Discussion "The implementation of UNSCR 1325 in the Arab States: taking stock and moving forward"
The e-discussion was hosted on the iKNOW Politics online platform and received eleven contributions from international organizations and regional organizations representatives, leaders, policy specialists and women rights activist from the Arab...
Monday, March 07, 2016
NDI launches Arabic language E-learning Platform
On March 2, 2016, the National Democratic Institute launched its new Arabic-language e-learning and training platform “Taalam Shaarek”, which means “learn participate” in English. The platform allows citizens to build their civic and political...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Call for papers: Negotiating Political Inclusion: Women and Party Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
From women’s key role in the recent democratization uprisings across the region, to their demands to enter political-decision-making positions, women are actively protesting their marginalization from the political sphere and demanding a voice in...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Oxfam Webinar on "Women, Peace and Security: What are the ways forwards for the MENA region?"
Women in the Middle East and North Africa face many difficulties and inequalities in their daily lives, and conflict in the region only exasperates the situation. Oxfam's Regional Gender Justice Programme introduced the first in a series of new...
Friday, February 19, 2016
Factsheet on Women, Peace and Security in the Middle East and North Africa Region
This factsheet, produced by Oxfam, gives a brief overview of the status of women in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the themes of violence against women and girls in conflict and women’s political participation and leadership. It...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Arab Women and Political Development
The Arab region ranks the lowest in the world in terms of women‘s participation in parliaments. Recognizing the power of the challenges facing women in politics, this paper examines the political participation of women in the Arab countries and...

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