Stories

101
results found
Date:
Women are essential actors of peacebuilding. Although the efforts of women in building peace often go unnoticed, women across conflict-affected countries in the Arab region have been instrumental in diffusing tensions and mediating conflicts in their own communities. In Lebanon, women contribute to fulfilling peace in different ways. While Ruba seeks peace through leading a calm and happy life at home, Nada focuses on raising peaceful children who are supportive of women empowerment, and Raneen prioritizes hindering the spread of fake news to sustain a peaceful community.
Date:
Two years after the deadly explosion that hit the Beirut Port on 4 August 2020, killing more than 200 people and displacing more than 300,000 men and women, people’s lives, including those of women and girls residing in the affected areas, are still severely impacted. To address the emerging needs of affected women and girls living in vulnerability, UN Women partnered with Mouvement Social, a national NGO, to provide vocational and life skills training for affected women as part of the “Emergency Livelihoods for Affected Marginalized Populations in the Beirut Explosion Area” project implemented jointly with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and generously supported by the Government of Austria.
Date:
At 6:08 PM on 4 August 2020, two explosions hit the Port of Beirut, causing casualties and material damage and severely impacting residents. As women and girls with increased vulnerabilities are a sizable portion of the affected population, UN Women partnered with the Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities (LUPD) to provide income-generating jobs to women with disabilities through “Access Kitchen,” a community kitchen established in Beirut. This work is supported by the Government of Austria as part of a joint project, “Emergency Livelihoods for Affected Marginalized Populations in the Beirut Explosion Area,” implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Date:
The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) together with the United Nations in Lebanon has launched the second window of its financial support to eight women-led organizations in Lebanon that are working on community peacebuilding in Lebanon, as part of strengthening their institutional capacity and maximizing peacebuilding results.
Date:
Fadilah Yassin Suleiman fled Syria with her family in 2016, 5 years after the war broke out. The 35 years old mother of two lost her husband two years after arriving in Lebanon and has been the sole caregiver for her family ever since. After joining a UN Women initiative as a manufacturing trainee in a unit producing quality and affordable menstrual hygiene items with the social enterprise Roof and Roots in Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli, she has since regained her confidence to trust in herself to succeed and felt empowered to stand up for herself and better protect her children.
Date:
The Government of Australia and UN Women in Lebanon have signed an agreement to provide $2.5m Australian Dollars to deliver humanitarian assistance to support vulnerable women of any nationality, and their families, to access emergency livelihood opportunities, while ensuring access to protection support and basic sanitary necessities.
Date:
Committed to being better prepared for disasters in future, Major Fadi Touma and his platoon participated in the ‘Disaster Management Accountability’ project, which brought together ISF members and women affected by the Beirut Blast to develop disaster management improvement plans. The project was led by civil society organization Auberge Beity, funded through the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) by the Government of Germany, with technical support provided by UN Women.
Date:
Itab Bayoud, 46, a Lebanese woman and mother of four has dedicated her life to caring for her family. Determined to gain independence and help make ends meet, she took a job with the social enterprise Roof and Roots in Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli, which was starting a new line producing quality and affordable menstrual hygiene products. Trained as a manufacturer, Itab reflects on her work and challenging social taboos around women’s reproductive health.
Date:
(UN Women, Centre Professionnel de Médiation (CPM), Government of Finland)- UN Women and Centre Professionnel de Médiation (CPM) at the Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut, Lebanon today launched a manual for training women peacebuilders working on conflict prevention and management in Lebanon, developed with the generous support from the Government of the Finland and the Rebecca Dykes Foundation. The launch took place at the Social Sciences Campus of USJ in Beirut, gathering over 50 representatives of the international community in Lebanon, civil society, mediation and peace building networks, and academia.
Date:
The Government of Japan and UN Women in Lebanon have signed an agreement to provide $1,294,388.00 USD to support vulnerable Lebanese women and Syrian refugees to meet urgent socio-economic needs. This support will allow vulnerable women of any nationality, and their families, to access emergency livelihood opportunities, while ensuring access to quality affordable sanitary products and hot meals.
Date:
Hiba Mohammad Hussein, 34 years old, is a mother of two from Tripoli, north Lebanon. In 2015, she took over as the family provider when her husband was hurt in clashes. She had been working to make ends meet as a driving instructor, but this had become difficult with the increasing price of fuel. In 2021 she began working with a joint social enterprise led in partnership with the Lebanese NGO, Roof and Roots Association, UN Women and ACTED, making sanitary products and raising awareness on reproductive health.
Date:
On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), celebrated on 17 May 2022, Member States, the United Nations, and national and international organizations and partners jointly pledge support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) communities around the world, and in Lebanon. In observance of the global theme, “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights,” we recognize the lives and rights of people with diverse sexualities and gender identities, across all ages, races, nationalities, abilities, and legal statuses.
Date:
Nazha*, 33 has faced the hardship of the war in Syria and conflict in Lebanon, but now she is using her journey to promote non-violence and mediation through peaceful dialogues in her community with women from different communities and generations. She is one of 85 women from Tripoli (North) and Baalbek (Bekaa) participating in women-led community dialogues under the ‘Creating Space for Women Peacebuilders’, project led by International Alert and UN Women, and generously supported by the Government of the United Kingdom.
Date:
Abir El Tawm Bitar, (46), is determined to share her newfound openness to foster peaceful dialogues towards overcoming the trauma of past and present conflicts in her community. She is one of 85 women from Tripoli and Baalbek participating in women-led community dialogues under the ‘Creating Space for Women Peacebuilders’, project led by International Alert and UN Women, and generously supported by the Government of the United Kingdom.
Date:
Nada*, 58, a Palestinian mother of two was born in Lebanon in 1963. Her husband disappeared during the Lebanese civil war, and since then she has struggled both mentally, physically and legally with his absence. In 2020, Nada sought out psychological services and found them through the Lebanese NGO, RESTART, supported by UN Women. They have helped her to deal with the past and have some hope for the future.
Date:
A joint statement in response to the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place on the 15th of May 2022 and the important role media organizations can play in encouraging broad and inclusive participation of women in the political life and elections and in addressing issues such as gender discrimination and violence against women in politics.
Date:
To support the Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women Lebanon is seeking partner organizations to work on supporting women’s economic empowerment to allow women living in Lebanon and their families to access emergency livelihoods, whilst experiencing less period poverty and food insecurity.
Date:
Faizah is one of 115 lawyers supported by UN Women under its ‘Strengthening legal aid and access to justice in Lebanon’ project, undertaken jointly with the United Nations Development Programme and funded through the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The project seeks to ensure access to justice for the most vulnerable women through increased awareness of their rights, and use of fair and effective formal and informal justice systems. Faizah currently provides free legal advice and support to lawyers working on cases involving women and girls in Tripoli and its surroundings.
Date:
The Ambassador of Japan to Lebanon, H.E. OKUBO Takeshi, toured a new production unit established by the social enterprise Roof and Roots, in Jabal Mohsen, Tripoli, supported by the Government of Japan through UN Women and ACTED. The new unit is producing a line of high quality affordable sanitary products, produced by women, for women, to respond to increased humanitarian needs in Lebanon, including period poverty, as well as women’s marginalization from the economy.
Date:
Aisha Halawany, 31, lived through a controlling and abusive marriage and a subsequent divorce. Through participating in the theatre performance ‘Left To Tell’, organized by the Lebanese feminist organization and UN Women partner KAFA, she has been able to begin the long journey of facing her trauma and finding a way to build a more positive future.