Advancement of Women – May 26, 2017

Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters

UN Women – May 9, 2017: Later this month, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will take place in Mexico. This meeting provides an important opportunity to reboot global progress on embedding gender equality in disaster risk management and to redress deadly exclusion.

Even though the quality of disaggregated data needs to be improved, research shows that women and girls die in much greater numbers in extreme disaster events. The inclusion of women’s perspectives and leadership is a necessary recognition both of the greater risks women experience and their unique roles in resilience building, disaster response and recovery.

By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,UN Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women, and Robert Glasser, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Starting over: The sky is the limit for Syrian businesswomen in Egypt

Middle East Eye – May 21, 2017: After losing everything in a devastated Syria, women are taking charge of their finances and futures by starting businesses in Egypt.

According to a recent United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study entitled Jobs Make the Difference, Syrian refugees and their Egyptian partners have invested a total of $800m into the Egyptian economy since 2011.

The number, as UNDP notes, is likely to be much higher as many people do not officially register their businesses in Egypt.

The study also briefly mentions that for about 40 percent of refugee households in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey, Syrian women are now the main breadwinners. Read about Maha al-Sayyed story

Why Kuwait’s Only Female MP Needs To Be On Your Radar

Emirates Woman – May 15, 2017: Here at Emirates Woman we’re all about women smashing that glass ceiling… which is why we think you need to familiarise yourself with Safa Al Hashem.

The liberal politician is currently the only female member of Kuwait’s parliament, and even made history as the first woman to win a seat in consecutive elections.

Fifteen women ran for a spot in the Arab nation’s 65-member parliament last year, but only Al Hashem prevailed (she first got elected back in 2012). However, despite being the sole female of the 2016 assembly, the businesswoman is making sure her voice is heard.

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