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Legal aid is a lifeline to domestic violence victims: Alaa steps up to get a fresh start in life

In a small beauty salon, Alaa, a 49-year-old woman from Gaza starts her day by making sure that everything is on point before opening hours — hair dryers in place, towels clean, make up organized and…  


The art of self expression: Supporting Somali women to tell their own stories

UNDP is working with the Somali Arts Foundation to combine women’s poetry, photography and filmmaking in powerful online and offline exhibitions  


Assessing the potential impact of COVID-19 on women and girls in Arab States

COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020, has unleashed a global health crisis and unprecedented economic disruption. The downturn in the oil and…  


Somali women poets: speaking up and speaking out

UNDP’s Home of Somali Poetry initiative gives a new platform to women writers and celebrates their work in an annual award  


“No form of violence will ever be ok”

To mark the end of 16 Days of Activism, women from Iraq speak up about gender-based violence.  


A Palette of Women Creativity & Economic Empowerment

“A painting that really inspires me is this one,” said Ghada El Khoury, pointing to a drawing of a woman gazing at her own reflection in the window.  


Panel Discussion on Gender Justice and the Law: the Policy Perspective

The Gender Justice and the Law initiative represents a multi-stakeholder partnership between 4 UN Agencies (UN-ESCWA, UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA) and valuable national stakeholders in 20 Arab States.…  


Open Day With Young Volunteers, Under 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

To start a dialogue among the youth on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and during 16 days of activism against GBV, UNDP, with the funding of the European Union, organized an open day with 30 young…  


#InspireMe: 16 Stories to Arouse Hope and Empower Women

Together we are proud to introduce 16 changemakers doing what they can to empower Yemeni women economically, to succeed in business and support peacebuilding efforts in Yemen  


The Little Clinic That Could

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Bassima was working as a volunteer midwife in one of the village clinics, a half hour walk from her home.  

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