This document presents a Report on Implementation of Iraq National Action Plan for UNSCR 1325. This report aims at providing an overview of the level of implementation of the NAP on the UNSCR 1325 in a changing and challenging security environment during the NAP period 2014-2018. It strives to capture main achievements, identify challenges and gaps and provide recommendations for the development of the second NAP. It endeavors to highlight the process of development and implementation, and lessons learned, as the strength and broad ownership of the process has had a tangible effect on the content of the NAP. Analyzing the achievements, as well as the challenges and the gaps in the implementation, helps the CSTF in addressing them during the development of the second NAP.
The National Action Plan (NAP) 2017-2019 goal is to implement the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon, to identify the goals and directions that the governmental, civil, and academic bodies involved in women’s issues aspire for in the coming three years. This plan comes after, a first National Action Plan for the years 2013-2016 following the th2021, on the 12-r Women in Lebanon 2011cabinet’s initial approval of the National Strategy foof June, 2012. During the 2013-2016 period, and with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and in cooperation with its different partners of the governmental and civil sectors, the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) monitored the work and activities implemented in Lebanon with the purpose to achieve these objectives. The new action plan is the product of collective efforts put by all the partners involved in women’s rights, with the support of the UNFPA. For the coming three years, this plan that was endorsed by NGOSs, INGOs, syndicates, academic bodies, will constitute an implementation tool facilitating the translation of citizens’ aspirations for equality into actions.
This brief summarizes a three-part research series produced by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality—a global gender equality fund which awards competitive grants and technical assistance to women-led civil society organizations around the world. Focusing on grantee case studies in Guinea, Lebanon and Sudan, the series offers a more nuanced look at the real-time opportunities and barriers to women’s economic empowerment in three fragile contexts, including what is working, what is not and what is needed to help women realize greater empowerment, equality and inclusive development.
The Toolkit is meant to serve as a starting point, to stimulate the analytic process by helping the user identify and think through what gender issues might be involved with a problem and what interventions might be needed. The Toolkit provides guidance for promoting gender equality and female empowerment and complying with USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) Chapter 205 on Integrating Gender and Female Equality in the USAID Program Cycle,6 which identifies the specific expectations for IPs. The material in this Toolkit is adapted from and modelled after the 2012 USAID Toward Gender Equality in Europe and Eurasia: A Toolkit for Gender Analysis, and also follows ADS 205 guidance.7 For the Lebanese context, publications, academic literature, statistical databases, and analytic reports were reviewed. Information about gender issues in specific sectors was drawn from the 2012 USAID/Lebanon gender assessment.8 In addition, other international development agencies’ materials and guidance on gender analysis were reviewed.
This paper was prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) as a background paper contributing to the Arab Sustainable Development Report. It focuses on gender equality as a core element to achieve sustainable development. It tackles gender mainstreaming as a strategy to overcome gender inequalities. In addition, this paper discusses proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) that tackle the gender dimension within the context of the development problematique in Arab countries.
The Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action recently published a research report by Tina Wallace on Women’s Work in Lebanon. This publication falls within CRTD.A’s regional program “Sustainable Economic Empowerment for Women” (SEOW phase 3). The study draws on research data and debates from Lebanon to describe and understand women’s work and their involvement in the three sectors of the economy (formal, paid and regulated sector; informal and unregulated sector; responsibilities and work within the domestic context, the care economy). The author focuses on the invisible part of women’s work (unpaid domestic and care work) and its implications for women’s economic participation and the recognition of Lebanese women’s contribution to the economy.
This document highlights the activities and initiatives of the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL) that support the implementation of the SDGs in Lebanon. IDAL as the national investment promotion agency plays a key role in advancing the SDGs in Lebanon through the promotion and facilitation of foreign and domestic investments which generate high-added value to the economy and contribute to the sustainable development of Lebanon. Throughout the years, IDAL’s activities evolved and expanded to include in addition to investment and export promotion, business support activities for start-ups and entrepreneurs and market information on key regions of Lebanon. This has made IDAL the go-to national agency for market intelligence, business advice & export support.
This document shows that Lebanon, with its official non-interventionist stance toward private investments, offers one of the most liberal investment climates in the Middle East. The economic openness of the country is harnessed through the absence of legal restrictions on the entry or exit of many firms, encouraging free market competition and furthering the development of the private sector. Liberal trade and investment policies have allowed foreign direct investments to account for a considerable share of Lebanese GDP.
This publication provides with information on the Investment Opportunities in Lebanon.
This document examines the integrated vision for Lebanese Industrial Sector and the importance of supporting the sector to achieve an inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
The strategy for the years 2015–2019 was formulated by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) using a participatory approach in strategic planning under the framework of the EU funded Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (ARDP). MoA’s Strategy was elaborated in three phases. In the first phase, the main orientations of the Lebanese Agricultural Policy were identified. The strategic plan for the Ministry of Agriculture for the next five years was elaborated based on the main orientations in the second phase. During the third phase the draft strategy was formulated, reviewed, presented to the Steering Committee entrusted with the supervision of the whole process, which included MoA and affiliated institutions senior officers. The mission and vision of the Ministry of Agriculture, the main orientations, achievable objectives, expected results and activities were thoroughly elaborated, which emphasizes the importance and quality of MoA’s work with related stakeholders. This certifies that MoA's 2015-2019 strategy reflects the intention of the Ministry of Agriculture to foster the development of the agricultural sector, and is a commitment to develop its capabilities in order to strengthen the management of Lebanese agriculture, achieve its mission and vision and improve public agricultural services to farmers and Lebanese citizens.
This issue of SIF «Statistics In Focus» looks briefly at the labour market key indicators and figures available from a number of surveys conducted by the Central Administration of Statistics (CAS) in Lebanon in recent years. Its objective is to provide users with important information on the Lebanese labour market enabling them to understand the current situation and to compare Lebanon to neighbouring countries.
The report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes. As a source of high-quality data and policy analysis, the report is a key reference and accountability tool for policymakers, women’s organizations, the UN system, and other stakeholders. This report lays the basis for robust, gender-responsive monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by: -showing how gender equality is central to the achievement of all 17 SDGs and arguing for an integrated and rights-based approach to implementation; -explaining gender data gaps and challenges for robust monitoring and establishing starting points and trends across a range of gender-related indicators based on available data; -providing concrete guidance on policies to achieve two strategic targets under SDG 5 (violence and unpaid care) and outlining how these policies are synergistic with other goals and targets; and setting an agenda for strengthening accountability for gender equality commitments at global, regional, and national levels.
This paper discusses some relevant gender-related issues regarding the implications that the agricultural trade expansion and liberalization have on aspects linked to gender inequalities that exist in the agricultural and rural sector. Section 2 provides a general framework together. With a brief review of women’s contribution to agriculture. Section 3 gives an analysis regarding the experiences of selected developing countries, from which some conclusions are drawn out about the impact of the agricultural trade development on aspects like agricultural work, land use, women access to productive resources and to new productive opportunities in agriculture. Section 4 considers the main features of trade liberalization agreements, both multilateral and regional, and in particular provides an overview of four key commodities for developing economies. Section 5 makes some considerations on the main implications of liberalized agricultural trade for small-scale farming, questions the conditions in which are provided the new economic opportunities for women, and indicates other aspects of relevance from a gender perspective that are ignored in trade policies and negotiations on agricultural commodities. Section 6 highlights some major considerations and conclusions that arise out of the examination conducted throughout this article.
This report identifies best practices and provides policy guidance on how public policy can promote the participation of women entrepreneurs, women producers and women-led export firms in accessing market opportunities through trade agreements. Specifically, the report: provides a brief overview of the evidence on gender and trade liberalization; identifies key obstacles that reduce the participation of women entrepreneurs, women producers and women-led export firms in accessing the market opportunities of free trade agreements; sets out global, regional and bilateral, best practices in promoting the participation of women entrepreneurs, women producers and women-led export firms in accessing the market opportunities of free trade agreements; and provides policy guidance to stakeholders in Peru and Colombia to further this agenda.
The purpose of this Resource Paper is to present the collective views of the UN system on the links between gender equality and trade policy. The Paper provides a summary overview of key questions, concerns and policy recommendations while providing reference to related UN resolutions, UN official documentation, publications and websites. The Resource Paper is organized as follows: Section2 briefly reviews the evolution of the international debate on globalization, trade liberalization and their impacts on equitable development, in the context of the United Nations Development agenda as the overarching framework for development. Section3 dwells upon the relevance of integrating ‐ or mainstreaming ‐ gender perspectives in trade policy and discusses the implications of women's economic empowerment on trade and economic growth. Sections 4 analyzes, through a gender lens, some commonly observed impacts of international trade on labour markets and small businesses. Section5 addresses the potential of labour mobility as a tool for women's empowerment in the context of international migration and international trade in services. Section6 further explains the interrelationships between trade policy and gender equality in agriculture. Section7 reflects upon the impact of the financial and economic crisis on women and presents data and examples of policies implemented by governments to address it. Section 8 reviews good practices in incorporating gender considerations in trade policy and trade agreements. Finally Section9 presents a non‐exhaustive list of actions undertaken by the UN system to support the process of making trade policy more responsive to the specific needs of women and instrumental to gender equality and women's empowerment.
The Fairtrade Gender Strategy seeks to attain gender equality and women’s empowerment in producer organizations through building women’s and girls’ power and agency. The strategy aims to deliver a transformative approach to gender mainstreaming in the Fairtrade system.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment are priorities for the Australian Government in its foreign policy and overseas aid program. One of the best ways to promote economic growth and to achieve stronger communities and societies is to empower women and girls. This publication highlights how Australia is supporting women’s economic empowerment in the Indo-Pacific region. It includes examples of positive results being achieved through: *improving women’s livelihoods *education and skills for economic participation *women’s entrepreneurship and involvement in private sector development *supporting women business leaders.
This publication examines the Swedish development cooperation with the Middle East and North Africa which will contribute to strengthened democracy, increased respect for human rights and sustainable development that improve the prospects for peace, stability and freedom in the region. The target areas and initiatives the Government has chosen to focus on aim to counteract the fundamental causes of conflict and contribute to favourable developments in the region. The strategy will apply to the period 2016–2020.
Oxfam-Québec’s Program ACCESS Innovation is aimed at meeting these challenges and supporting the endeavours of the Canadian government and DFATD. The program will help strengthen food security through improvements in agricultural productivity and the resilience of production systems to climate change, while also supporting improvements in the structure and profitability of value chains in rural-urban trade. Interventions will target promising sectors offering high nutritional value and will support transformation and marketing processes that contribute directly to rural development by generating income and jobs, particularly for women and youth. The initiative will also foster sustainable economic growth by boosting women’s and young people’s employability, assisting school-to-work transition, and supporting the development of small and medium-sized businesses.