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The United Nations (UN) system in Lebanon in partnership with the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) have come together to kick off the international campaign on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence to galvanize efforts to prevent and ultimately end the scourge of violence against women and girls, which is escalating amid the current multi-layered crisis.
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Hwaida Turk, PhD, is the first woman interim Mohafez (governor) in Lebanon. She was appointed on 17 July 2023 to the southern Governorate of Nabatieh. She spoke to UN Women about the recent escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestine that have displaced nearly 20,000 people from South Lebanon, and how she is handling the humanitarian response.
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, together with the Government of Canada, partnered with the Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and launched the "Women in Leadership" project at the LAU premises.
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UN Women Lebanon launched its first podcast series “UN Women Podcasts” to amplify the voices of women and girls in Lebanon and celebrate their remarkable achievements in multiple fields and the challenges that lie ahead.
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Lebanon has witnessed since the civil war (1975-1990) a series of conflicts that fueled tensions. This violent past has gone undealt with. To address the wounds of violence in Lebanon, a UN-supported program entitled "Dealing with the Past: Memory for the Future" works on fostering cross-community dialogue and peace and seeks to promote and support reconciliation, re-establishing dignity for victims of war as well as restoring peace and preventing conflicts.
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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), the Government of Japan, and the Municipality of Tripoli inaugurated the recently rehabilitated and reactivated “Markazouna”, a Multipurpose Community Centre in Shalfeh, Tripoli.
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In a calm neighborhood nestled between the busy streets of Mar Mikhael in Beirut, a heartwarming haven known as ‘Access Kitchen’ flourished. It is Lebanon’s first community kitchen led and run by a group of women with disabilities. It provides income-generating jobs for 58 women and offers daily 138 hot meals to vulnerable people in nearby areas.
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After feeling unsafe at work, Janine El Yakhneh, a 20-year-old nursing student in Lebanon joined self-defense classes to transform her fear into empowerment, strengthen her confidence, and learn how to respond effectively to gender-based violence and harassment.
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UN Women in partnership with Acted and local community-based organization Nusaned and with support from the Government of Japan inaugurated the ‘Nasma*’ menstrual hygiene pad production facility in Beirut.  
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Safa, 25, was born and raised in the Ein El Helweh camp in Saida, Lebanon. She knows the community by the back of her hand, but only recently did she recognize that her neighbours were suffering poverty and food insecurity in silence. Since this reckoning, Safa’s passion and drive to make a change in her community was ignited, where she decided to apply for the community worker position in a newly established community kitchen in the camp led by INITIATE, Women’s Program Association (WPA) and UN Women, and generously supported by the Government of Japan.
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The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment, and social inclusion in Lebanon.
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UN Women and the World Food Programme Joint News Release. The Honourable Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Tim Watts MP visited projects supported by the Government of Australia with UN Women and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Lebanon. UN Women and WFP’s operations continue to respond to increased humanitarian and development needs across the country including poverty, inequality, and food insecurity.  
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Elite Mountaineer Joyce Azzam is UN Women National Goodwill Ambassador for Lebanon. She wants to inspire other Lebanese women and girls to follow their dreams and discover their potential. Azzam is one of the few Arab women and first Lebanese woman to have climbed all world’s Seven Summits. Following her official appointment as UN Women National Goodwill Ambassador, she tells us more about her journey as a woman in sports, her drive and what she hopes to achieve, in her new role.
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Marina is one of 140 women working at established community kitchens in Beirut, Tripoli, Saida, and Beqaa, serving hot meals to underserved communities.
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Fatima stands talls outside a short trail. Light pours over her face, dancing between the citrus trees and yellow wood sorrel flowers behind her. The trail leads to her family’s plot in Minyeh, a stretch of land that Fatima has been working on for years now...
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Jana Hassan Shami, 22, is a Management Information Systems (MIS) graduate from south Lebanon who lives in Beirut. With the economic crisis in Lebanon, finding work has not been easy. Jana joined a group of women trainees supported by UN Women and Codi with funding from the Government of Austria to learn up-to-date Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills alongside social and professional skills. Jana’s new skills will help her on the job market...
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As part of a series of initiatives that have taken place in Lebanon to celebrate International Women's Day 2023, over 500 women and girls gathered at Tripoli Municipal Stadium yesterday, to take part in an 8-kilometer run that celebrates the strides, both big and small, made by women and girls to accelerate women's empowerment, participation, leadership, and gender equality in their communities, and Lebanon.
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This International Women's Day, the United Nations in Lebanon celebrates women innovating in tech, here and worldwide, through the "Stand up for women" campaign. Whether in technology, sports, science, or the arts, we recognize innovation by women that is helping drive positive change and overcome our most persistent challenges; social, political, economic and cultural. The Lebanon campaign, launched by the United Nations Lebanon, and coordinated by UN Women, supports the global International Women's Day campaign – "DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality."
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The Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is launching the 3rd round of funding in Lebanon. The focus of this WPHF call for proposals will be focused on peacebuilding and the protection of women and girls in conflict and humanitarian contexts with local women and young women’s rights organizations.
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Lebanon's economic crisis, aggravated by the 2020 Beirut port explosion, has led to the widening of existing socioeconomic and gender-based inequalities, and in many areas, a halt and even reversal of decades of progress for women and girls in Lebanon. A UN Women study showed that the crises have caused an increase in the vulnerability of marginalized populations, particularly women. In this context, UN Women, with generous funding from the Government of Austria, has partnered with local NGO Mouvement Social, to create emergency livelihood opportunities for women living in poverty and affected by the Beirut blast.