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Nicole Kassis, 43, has been a professor of French for over 23 years at the College des Soeurs Du Rosaire, in Sin El Fil. This mother of two embarked on a journey of self-development and became a community mobilizer after joining a Women’s Committee created under the REVIVE Project, which provides interactive training opportunities to a network of women to drive change in their communities.
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Joëlle Bou Abboud is a lawyer and the Group General Counsel of HOLDAL Group which is a third generation family business born in Lebanon working in retail, distribution, manufacturing and supply chain in beauty, personal and household care, healthcare, lifestyle and luxury. She also serves as the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) champion in the company and is a key player in empowering women.
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From cities to rural communities and camp settings, families in Lebanon are reshaping traditional patriarchal roles and advocating for gender equality. We take a glance at the lives of three couples who share their experiences of participatory and equal relations in all aspects of their lives including household decision-making, childcare, and domestic responsibilities.
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Today, on December 10, Human Rights Day, and the end of 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence, we must look forward. In supporting Lebanon’s women to take an equal share in the society, the country has a tremendous opportunity to take meaningful steps in meeting the broad public demand for urgent reforms.
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Golda Abu Naoum, 50, an ex-fighter from Lebanon’s civil war, can often be found weaving her taxi through the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. The 2020 port explosion triggered long standing mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts at times.
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From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, the International Human Rights Day, the United Nations System in Lebanon, the Sexual and Gender-based Violence Taskforce (SGBV TF) and the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) are joining forces, for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, to urge actions to end and prevent gender-based violence in the country.
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UN Women Lebanon has partnered with Twitter MENA, LBCI & Annahar to launch a women empowerment campaign that sheds light on the importance of engaging women in dialogue and negotiations, acknowledging that equal participation is directly linked to more durable solutions and sustainable outcomes.
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Noura Sahili, 26, is a Lebanese psychotherapist supporting women and girls to overcome the trauma of the Beirut Port explosion. She was one of 18 psychotherapists deployed just two days after the blast to an emergency relief tent set up by local NGO Restart Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and Violence, in partnership with UN Women, to provide psychosocial support, first aid, food and hygiene kits to those affected by the explosion.
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Lebanon is facing a convergence of political, economic and social crises, all exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. These crises are causing extraordinary human suffering across Lebanon and deepening gender inequalities and divides.
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To mark the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, UN Women, the Education for Leadership in Crisis (ELC) scholarship program at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Embassy of Canada to Lebanon came together to kick off a joint mentoring initiative for female and male students from Afghanistan that are enrolled in the ELC program, with support from the US Embassy in Beirut.
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During the Lebanese civil war, people's daily lives were shaped by an armed conflict that left long-lasting repercussions, unhealed traumas, and memories untold. Through art theatre, women and girls are embarking on a journey to seek the truth, foster collective remembrance, and ultimately, move towards reconciliation.  Performers set the scene of an old factory setting on the Sunflower Theatre stage in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: UN Women/Dar Al Mussawir In Badaro, a neighbourhood in...
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.
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UN Women welcomes the formation of the new Government of Lebanon announced on September 10, 2021 as a necessary and important step in addressing the country’s deep economic crisis.
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In the small village of Deir Qanoun En Nahr, South Lebanon, Lubna Ezzeddine, a certified mediator, has made it her mission to empower women and youth as peacebuilding mediators to foster a community of trust. After participating in a community mediation programme in 2019, Lubna, together with five other women, was granted a scholarship to obtain a Professional Certification in Mediation Skills.
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Mariam*, 47, lived with an abusive husband for 17 years before leaving him in 2018. After seeking protection and legal help from KAFA, a Lebanese non-governmental organization and a UN Women partner - through the generous support from the Government of Netherlands, she regained the strength she thought was lost.
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Women and girls survivors of violence will benefit from the services of a new Safe Space managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Badaro, supported by UN Women and with the generous contributions of the Governments of Japan, Norway and Finland. The Safe Space established by CARE International is aimed at ensuring greater protection for women and girls from violence and exploitation.
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The deadly explosion that hit the Beirut Port on August 4, 2020, claiming the lives of over 200 people, injuring thousands, and destroying hundreds of thousands of houses and businesses created urgent humanitarian needs and impacted many people living in the stricken areas and beyond.
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In the presence of the Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the British Embassy in Beirut, Dr. Martin Longden, UN Women, the Centre for Professional Mediation at the University of Saint Joseph (CPM-USJ), and women community mediators, hosted a commemorative ceremony at the Qana Grotto, South Lebanon, to honor the life and legacy of Rebecca Dykes; the British aid worker killed in Lebanon in 2018.
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Souhaila Nassar, 33, came to Burj Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon as a young child. After learning and growing from the services of the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization, Nassar now works to support other young refugees.
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The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) together with the United Nations in Lebanon announced the launch of six grassroots projects to enhance women’s participation in the Beirut Port Explosion’s response and recovery process – alongside the official launch of the WPHF in Lebanon.