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Message of the Executive Director: We call on countries to “step it up” for gender equality

Monday, March 2, 2015

In 1995, at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, world leaders committed to a future where women are equal. One hundred and eighty nine countries and 4,000 civil society organizations, attended the conference. Women left Beijing with high hopes, with a well-defined path towards equality, and firm commitments at the highest level. Their hope was that we would see this by 2005. Today, not one single country has achieved equality. It is more urgent than ever that we define &ndash... More

Joint statement on the passing of Maha Abu Dayyeh

Friday, January 16, 2015

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of the Global Study on Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325. "It is with great sadness and regret that we learn of the passing away of Ms. Maha Abu-Dayyeh (24 August 1951 – 9 January 2015), a leading Palestinian women’s rights activist and a valued member of the United Nations High-Level Advisory Group of the Global Study on implementation of Security Council resolution 1325..." More

Leading the police service, ending violence against women her motto

Friday, November 21, 2014

Today, as head of the Palestinian Civil Police Family & Juvenile Protection Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Muammar is the highest-ranking female officer in the police, in spite of societal pressure to give up on her dream to serve the country through her work. Palestine, at just 17 per cent, has one of the lowest rates of female participation in the labour force globally. Muammar, a proud wife and mother of four, has had the courage to build a successful career in parallel, leading the way for other women in the police. More

In Palestine, specialized prosecutors ensure women survivors’ access to justice

Thursday, November 20, 2014

UN Women is working with the Attorney General’s Office in Palestine on a human-rights-based approach to handling cases of domestic and gender-based violence, by training public prosecutors in line with international standards and developing operating procedures. More

Statement of the UN Women Executive Director on the crisis relating to Gaza

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on all sides to immediately halt the violence and allow full humanitarian access. While responding to the immediate crisis is vital for saving lives, she says a political solution is imperative to allow for long-term peace and development that benefits all, regardless of race, age or gender. More

In Palestine, a Centre offers shelter and changes lives for survivors of violence

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In Palestine, a Centre offers shelter and changes lives for survivors of violence More

Palestinian hip hop group DAM raises awareness of ‘honour killings’ through a powerful music video

Friday, November 9, 2012

“Before she was murdered, she wasn't alive. We'll tell her story backwards from her murder to her birth… begin the Arabic rap lyrics, soon interlaced with a mournful chorus from the renowned Palestinian soloist Amal Murkus. As if rewinding a video in slow motion, you see a young woman's expressionless face on a bed in the forest; her body floats back to a standing position; a bullet enters her forehead. Her brother is pulling the trigger. This is the opening scene of the powerful new music video If I Could Go Back in Time. More

Young Palestinian activists carry out their role in bringing about peace

Thursday, October 25, 2012

In the offices of the General Union of Palestinian Women -a bastion for older-generation prominent women politicians- two young Palestinian women listen to the discussions, feeling a little shy in the midst of such veteran advocates. Amaal, 23, and Ruba, 26, are part of a younger generation of Palestinian women activists who say they are apprehensive and have often felt un-welcomed and even discouraged from participating in the current political scene. However, with enthusiasm sparkling in their eyes, they relate how they, as young women active in media and political spheres, could potentially bring change to the current political stalemate. More

Palestinian Women: Bread Makers, Bread-Winners

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It is 6.30 a.m. in the West Bank, part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and Istethkar Abdelkarim has already been working for two hours. And yet she couldn't be happier. More

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