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Open letter from the Regional Directors of UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA and ESCWA in the Arab States Region to Governments in the region

The Arab States are host to large numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons as well as vulnerable women migrant workers. Women and girls in these settings face multiple burdens and risks in accessing services. More efforts are needed to ensure their safety and well-being.

The Regional Directors of UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA and ESCWA urge governments to strengthen already existing services and to provide alternative solutions to ensure the security and safety of women and girls inside their homes and to assist survivors during this time, including augmenting hotline access, ensuring remote case management, and providing essential health, social services and justice and policing, as courts in some countries of the region have been forced to close. Inclusive solutions must be designed to reach the women furthest behind and be a survivor- centred, while referral pathways should be updated to reflect the current situation.