Celebrating Refugee Women who create ‘Hope’ in Syria

Syria UNRWA marks this year’s World Refugee Day by bringing attention to the stories of refugees in its five fields of operation. The following story sheds light on the vulnerability of Palestine refugees displaced by the ongoing violence in Syria. Amal is one of many Palestine refugees displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria. The 38 year-old mother of four is exhausted physically and emotionally after she and her family left their home in Husseinieh for Sbeineh camp in … [Read more...]

Sister Giant Conference Call‏, Dec 5 @ 9 EST/5PT

This week we will have our first Sister Giant monthly conference call. The topic for this month’s call is healing between Israelis and Palestinians. The call will take place on Wednesday, December 5 at 6PM PT / 9 PM ET, and all are welcome. Dial in info: Conference dial-in number: (712) 432-0075 Participant access code: 530017 While the call is free, long distance charges may apply; please check with your long distance carriers. I wrote an article for … [Read more...]

Lynn Manwar – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse of strength, rising above a multitude of life challenges; including a period of estrangement from her own father, a man she loves dearly, arthritis, thyroid cancer and many other challenges.  Her message to the women of our world is that life offers many experiences, and one can rise above it all through the sheer power of  'unconditional love'.   This power of example is now here to help the Women of our World, … [Read more...]

Palestine: Bread-Winner, Bread-Maker are Women !

    Palestinian Women: Bread Makers, Bread-Winners It is 6.30 a.m. in the West Bank, part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and Istethkar Abdelkarim has already been working for two hours. And yet she couldn’t be happier. Decades of conflict, border blockades and severe restrictions on movement and access have left the Palestinian economy crippled. Unemployment is rampant, food is expensive and feeding a family is a constant challenge. And yet women’s vital … [Read more...]

GAZA: WHO/WHAT is the Real Force behind the HATRED?

QUESTION: " WHO/WHAT is the Real Force Behind the Scenes in the Strip?" WHEN will there be the One to achieve a Solution? Is this Biblical perpetuation and/or is there ever meant to BE a Solution? Palestinians say Gaza under major assault Air Force strikes numerous sites in Strip overnight, Palestinian sources say; Hamas targets hit, casualties reported.Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority warns Israel to act ‘responsibly’ in wake of terror offensive that … [Read more...]

Avaaz.org ~ Palestine’s bid to become the 194th country.

In less than 48 hours, the UN Security Council will meet again to discuss Palestine's bid to become the 194th country. Already 700,000 of us have joined the campaign. But we need more of us to shift key countries to vote in favour. Avaaz has made a powerful short video that tells the real story and why this is the best chance for peace. Click to watch it and send it to everyone -- let's get 1 million signers now: www.avaaz.org/mepeace As violence sparks again and tensions … [Read more...]

Arab States Share Lessons in Improving Maternal Health

Arab States Share Lessons in Improving Maternal Health Morocco Serves as Model in Reducing Maternal Deaths   RABAT, Morocco --- While high rates of maternal mortality continue to plague some Arab States, Morocco has made remarkable improvements in maternal health. The country is among a small group of low- and middle-income nations on track to meet Millennium Development Goal 5 – to reduce by three quarters the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth by 2015. Morocco’s … [Read more...]

Morocco Forum on Maternal Mortality: Sharing Experience and Sustaining

The Moroccan Ministry of Health hosted an international forum on maternal mortality in Rabat, from 29 June to 1 July. This scientific meeting, opened by Madame Yasmina Baddou, the Minister of Health and the Director of the Arab States Regional Office of the UNFPA, Mr. Hafedh Cheikh, was held to share Morocco’s experience in reducing maternal mortality and to gain expert input into the next phase of Morocco’s health policies. The meeting brought together leaders in research, policy, and … [Read more...]

UNRWA – Ensuring Education for girls on WEST BANK

    Ensuring access to education for girls in the West Bank   Wafa'a Shihda is a 13-year-old student at UNRWA's Al-Aqrabania school. The school exemplifies UNRWA's efforts to ensure access to education for Palestine refugees living in the West Bank. Though the school in Al-Aqrabania is co-ed, it has been particularly important for girls living in the village and surrounding area. Social norms mean that girls face more constraints on their freedom of movement. This has been … [Read more...]

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