Report Launch - Situational Analysis of Women and Girls in the MENA and Arab States Region

30 November - 9 December

23 November 2021
DISCLAIMER: This documentary image depicts the realities of the current situation. Physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, portrayed in this image may not necessarily align with current WHO guidance on COVID-19. “I’m excited to not have to wear masks outside anymore,” Malak, 11, is reimagining her future post-COVID.
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DISCLAIMER: This documentary image depicts the realities of the current situation. Physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, portrayed in this image may not necessarily align with current WHO guidance on COVID-19. “I’m excited to not have to wear masks outside anymore,” Malak, 11, is reimagining her future post-COVID.

The situation of women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Arab States regions remains unresolved. Incremental progress has been documented, yet the pace is slow and does not reflect the commitments made to the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, nor to address the challenges of the region.

In 2019, regional UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations including ESCWA, FAO, UNFPA Arab States Regional Office, UN Women, UNDP, UNESCO, WFP, WHO, Plan International, Terre des Hommes Foundation came together, under the leadership of UNICEF MENA Regional Office, to begin work on the Regional Situational Analysis of Women and Girls in the MENA and Arab States Region. Using a life cycle approach, the aim of the Regional Situational Analysis is to examine the status of women and girls in the region through the pillars of Health and Well-being; Learning and Livelihoods; Freedom from Violence and Access to Justice; and Participation and Leadership.

The Regional Situational Analysis covers main developments impacting women and girls throughout the timeframe of 2010 – 2020 and will be formally launched online on 30 November 2021, during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November – 10 December). Associated with the launch there will be five thematic online workshops that will introduce the associated thematic chapters and engage in a discussion of the recommendations with government representatives, UN agencies, international organizations, human rights institutions, civil society organizations, youth-focused groups and other invested actors.

OBJECTIVES

The thematic workshops main aim is to share the findings of the Regional Situational Analysis of Women and Girls in the MENA and Arab States Report and engage stakeholders with an in-depth discussion on how to take the findings and recommendations forward to ensure that national and regional efforts could support the gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

 

LAUNCH & THEMATIC SESSION SCHEDULE

LAUNCH & THEMATIC SESSION SCHEDULE

Media contacts

Juliette Touma
Regional Chief of Advocacy and Communications
UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office
Tel: 00962798674628
Salim Oweis
Communication Officer
UNICEF MENA
Tel: 00962799365212

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