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“We count on your leadership to tackle the barriers that remain for Arab women” says Executive Director at Beijing+20 regional review

05 February 2015

Cairo – At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and agreed to actively ensure justice and equality for women in the Middle East. More

UN Women Executive Director speaks at the last of the Beijing+20 regional reviews, in Cairo

02 February 2015

Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Beijing+20 review and Ministerial Event, Cairo, 2 February 2015. More

Stand in solidarity with courageous women’s human rights defenders

01 December 2014

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has extensive experience in international diplomacy and the protection of human rights. Here, he discusses achievements and gaps in guaranteeing equal rights for all, and stresses the importance and courage ofwomen human rights defenders, and the challenges they face. More

Nawal El Moutawakel - Hurdles only strengthen her track

14 July 2014

Bursting through the barriers of the male-dominated profession of competitive sport, Nawal El Moutawakel is the first Arab, African, and Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold medal, which she did for the 400-metre hurdles in 1984. She followed up her win serving as the first Minister of Sports in Morocco. More

Maha Almuneef - Breaking stereotypes, reaching goals

26 June 2014

Maha Almuneef is a 53-year-old mother of three and a Board-certified physician living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia who established the National Family Safety Programme (NFSP), the first specialized institution to address the issue of domestic violence in the country. More

She gets a kick out of helping people

19 May 2014

Every time she heard someone saying that she should be doing something else, Caroline Amasis Maher’s determination grew and she trained even harder. She ignored the naysayers and the cultural barriers by not only playing a male-dominated sport but also excelling in it. Recently she became the first Arab-African female to be inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame – the highest and most prestigious award in the sport. This meteoric rise to the top makes her extremely proud. In 2011, Caroline was ranked 12th on the World Taekwondo Federation’s World Athlete Ranking. More

Towards Beijing+20: The time is now

14 May 2014

Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist who attended the Beijing Conference in 1995. Today, she heads Karama, an international organization based in Cairo that is working to end violence against women in the Arab region and is a partner of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. Ms. Osman is also a member of UN Women's Global Civil Society Advisory Group. More

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