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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...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Forum of the Arab Women Parliamentarians Network for Equality "Ra'edat" in Morocco
“Advocating women’s right to equal representation in the decision making process is not only our duty towards women, it is our duty to our countries because women’s participation makes a difference and enhances the quality of policy making," says Dr...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
TV Show "Madam President"
The Middle East has never tried giving a woman the position of president. The new television show “Madam President” imagined this scenario and put it on screen. Produced by Search for Common Ground, this series follows the fictional story of...
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Irreversible - Women’s full participation in Constitution-Making processes
On the International Human Rights Day, the short video “Irreversible - Women’s full participation in Constitution-Making processes: Testimonies from the frontlines,” which the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the international...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Implementation of the UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the Arab States
The United Nations Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security was adopted on 31 October 2000 (S/RES/1325). Participation is one of the four pillars of the UNSCR, stressing the importance of women’s equal participation and full...
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Regional Strategy "Protection of Arab Women: Peace and Security"
Security Council Resolution 1325, issued in the year 2000 on "Women, Peace and Security" together with the subsequent and related complementary decisions, constituted a critical turning point in addressing the human security of women during and...
Monday, November 02, 2015
Leveraging UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans for Local Change: Civil society opportunities in the MENA region
Despite almost 15 years of commitments on the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, there are still major gaps in moving from commitments to actions.  In November 2013, Iraq became the first country in the MENA region to adopt a National Action...

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