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Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps.
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As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the lives of women and girls everywhere are changing. While some spheres of work and personal life are on pause, others face increased strains and new challenges. Millions of women worldwide are part of the essential workforce on the front lines of COVID-19.
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In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls
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A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.
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Lana Ghneim, 23, from Jordan, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Ghneim has recently graduated as a Pharmacist from the Al-Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan.
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This year, in collaboration with the Royal Film Commission, UN Women opened the doors of its Oasis Centers in the Azraq and Za'atari refugee camps to the 8th edition of the Women’s Film Week. Held under the esteemed patronage of HRH Princess Basma bint Talal – UN Women goodwill ambassador, the initiative offered a unique opportunity to Syrian refugees to learn and be inspired by the stories of women champions from the past, as well as the pioneering efforts of new generations of women’ rights advocates around the world.
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Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, 40, is a Syrian refugee enrolled as an incentive-based volunteer in the UN Women Oasis Center, in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. She is actively empowering women, youth and people with disabilities to stand up for that rights and pursue their education.
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Ahmed Albalkhi, 40, is an incentive-based volunteer enrolled in the UN Women Oasis Center in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. Albalkhi is working to raise the awareness of men and boys, and encourage them to stand up for women's rights.
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UN Women and the World Food Programme, in collaboration with IrisGuard, are using technological innovation to advance women's economic empowerment through blockchin technology to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.
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In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Rawan Abu Shatira, 29, is a volunteer with Generations For Peace and UN Women, under the ‘Youth for Women, Peace and Security’ programme generously funded by the European Union, talks with Suad AlKhateeb, Head of the Women Empowerment and Civil Society Institutions Department at the Jordanian House of Representatives and member of the national Coalition of Jordanian National Action Plan (JONAP) for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and S
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In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. . Ibrahim Abu-AlHob, 25, volunteering with Generations For Peace and UN Women, under the ‘Youth for Women, Peace and Security’ programme generously funded by the European Union, talks with Muna Rfou, Director of the Gender Unit at the Ministry of Social Development, and a Coalition Member of the Jordanian National Action Plan (JONAP) for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
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Saif Dabbas, 19, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Dabbas has been a feminist advocate since age 14 and believes youth should be at the forefront of the gender equality movement.
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Deep within the rural community of Karak lies the town of Taibeh, where 39-year-old Mona Ahmed Alqkla, found a safe place for her family seven years ago after fleeing the conflict in Dara'a, Syria. She had never found an opportunity to work, until now. She recently joined the incentive-based volunteer programme as a tailor in the Oasis Centre in Taibeh, which was launched by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with UN Women in March 2019.
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At 50, Fatima Alhaj has finally found the confidence to overcome the pain of her past. A Syrian refugee living in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan since 2016, she regained her sense of purpose after joining UN Women’s Incentive-based Volunteer programme as a literacy teacher, where teaching and writing are her catharsis.
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Falha Abrabo arrived at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan after fleeing Syria in 2012. Shortly thereafter, her husband had a severe stroke, which left her in the position of becoming the sole provider for her family. She found a livelihood opportunity teaching adult literacy sessions to other women through the incentive-based volunteer programme at UN Women’s Oasis Centre, which builds women’s resilience and empowerment.
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Maha Aasi Emm Ala’a, a Syrian refugee, came to the UN Women-run women’s centre in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp with severe depression after her husband passed away. She received counseling and found tailoring work through the cash-for-work programme. As refugee crises become more protracted, humanitarian assistance must take into account immediate and long-term needs of women and girls. The women’s centres in Za’atari Refugee Camp are building women’s resilience and empowering them as leaders, workers and entrepreneurs.
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The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove visited Za’atari camp on Thursday, 19th October 2017. During the visit to one of the UN Women’s Oases and World Food Programme’s (WFP) kitchen facilities, the Governor announced his decision to donate 12.5 million in Australian humanitarian aid over the next three years in Jordan.  The decision initiated Australia’s...
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In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”.
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More than 5,000 Syrian women and girls visit ‘Oases’ safe spaces in the Za’atari camp per month, and several hundred have independently earned incomes through UN Women’s work programme in Jordan.