The National News Agency reported on 22 June on the Council of Ministers’ preliminary approval of the National Strategy for Women in Lebanon. Earlier in April 2011, a participatory validation of the draft ten-year national women strategy, developed with the support of UNFPA, was led by the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), in partnership with civic society, governmental and public administrations as well as grassroots organizations.
The adoption of the updated national women strategy reflecting emerging needs and priorities would constitute a major step towards a change in policies and laws to effectively establish gender equality in Lebanon. In 2012, UNFPA will continue supporting NCLW for the elaboration of an action plan for the strategy. Read in Arabic: National News Agency
Ghana New Agency on 22 June reported on the release of a new study by the Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA, which found that the number of women in developing countries who do not want to get pregnant but are not using modern contraception declined minimally from 226 to 222 million between 2008 and 2012. Read in English: Ghana News Agency