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A path towards justice: judges' perspectives on VAW cases

13 March 2017

For the fight to end violence against women to be effective, the judiciary has a key role to play. Building on its work with Palestinian police, prosecutors and lawyers towards specialization on violence against women cases, UN Women organized with the High Judicial Council a 3-day expert group meeting on adjudication of violence against women cases. Palestinian judges and judges from the region explain why specialization is needed. More

Working with judges to improve outcomes for women in Sharia courts

28 February 2017

UN Women and Musawah organised a meeting with Palestinian sharia judges and international experts to discuss new directions in Islamic legal thought and opportunities to respond to needs of women in the Shari'a courts. In Palestine, the Shari’a court deals with family matters which have significant and disproportionate impacts on women’s lives. More

Palestinian police take new steps to widen career opportunities for women in the police

24 February 2017

The newly adopted Palestinian police gender strategy - also the first of its kind in the Arab States - tackles the issues of recruitment and retention of women in the police force. Beyond words on paper, read what it means in practice for women and men in the police. More

Press Release: Palestinian police present new tool to achieve gender equality in police structure and services

23 February 2017

The Palestinian Civil Police officially launched its 5-year gender strategy - the first of its kind in the Arab States and in the Palestinian security sector. Supported by UN Women the strategy is the culmination of the past years' efforts of the Palestinian police to promote gender equality in the police and its services. More

In the Jordan Valley, Bedouin women filmmakers tell their own stories

20 January 2017

In a Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley, 16-year-old Firyal lives without reliable access to health or education and her family must bring in water to their hamlet by tractor and cistern.  Her community, which was declared a military zone by Israel, suffers from frequent displacement due to training exercises and nearby explosions that disturb livestock and threaten their livelihood, and now Firyal is planning to document their lives through a film. “It is harder to... More

Digital technology to increase participation of women, youth in reconstruction of the Gaza Strip

13 December 2016

With financial support of the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, UN-Habitat and UN Women have launched a new innovative Programme to advance women’s and youth’s rights to participate in reconstruction and recovery efforts in Gaza through use of digital technologies. More

New research unravels obstacles in access to justice for Palestinian women in occupied East Jerusalem

05 December 2016

The second study report of UN Women-supported series on women’s access to justice in Palestine presents the unique challenges faced by Palestinian women in East Jerusalem to access justice and the realization of their political, socio-economical, legal and cultural rights. More

Women Entrepreneurs: Khawla H. Al-Khateeb

20 November 2016

The journey of Khawla H. Al-Khateeb, a beneficiary of the One-Stop-Shop for Sustainable Development, who from small job opportunities to make ends meet established "Palestinian Women", her own and successful embroidery business in Bethlehem. More

UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities and EU Head of Cooperation Jerusalem engage in dialogue with Palestinian women and human rights organizations

10 November 2016

In a new Open Day event, Palestinian women's activists and representatives of human rights organizations conveyed their demands for peace and security to UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities and EU Head of Cooperation. More

From where I stand: Raja Shahwan

04 November 2016

Raja Shahwan, 40, participated in the “Spring Forward for Women” regional programme funded by the European Union and UN Women to promote the access and effective participation of marginalized women in economic and public life. Today Ms. Shahwan is employed full-time and an active member of the Women Local Committees in Gaza, Palestine, which help women participate in local governance and community activities. More

Judges from Palestine and the region seek ways to improve adjudication of violence against women cases

10 October 2016

Starting point of UN Women and High Judicial Council’s partnership in Palestine towards the specialization of judges on family violence, UN Women organised a 3-day Expert Group Meeting with judges from Palestine, the MENA region and farther abroad on adjudication of violence against women cases. More

First international seminar on gender-based violence in the humanitarian context of the Gaza Strip

21 September 2016

Recognizing the significant efforts made in the past years to respond to gender-based violence in Gaza, but the amount of needs to be addressed yet, UN Women organised on 21st and 22nd September. the first international seminar in Gaza on gender-based violence to discuss prevention, response and coordination More

The adoption of the NAP on UNSCR 1325 in Palestine: A milestone for Palestinian women and girls in working towards peace

24 August 2016

The adoption by the Government of Palestine of its first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 sends a strong signal to Palestinian women and girls, recognizing their central role in advancing the peace and security agenda, as well as its own responsibility in responding to the differential impact of the conflict on their lives. More

UN Women Programme Director concludes her first visit in the State of Palestine

26 July 2016

In her first visit to UN Women Palestine Country Office, UN Women Director of the Programme Division, Mrs. Maria-Noel Vaeza reiterates UN Women's support to the Palestinian women and national partners to improve the status of Palestinian women and girls and the realization of their rights. More

The Path to Justice for Palestinian Women

08 March 2016

The result of years of hard work by a group of committed advocates within government institutions and activists from civil society, critical steps in the justice chain are coming together in Palestine to guarantee access to justice to women and girls survivors of violence. More

Press Release: UN Women and ILO kick-start training of private sector employees on the use of gender audit

06 March 2016

In the framework of their pilot intervention towards the private sector to enhance social responsibility of companies and promote increase participation of Palestinian women and equal opportunities in the labour force, UN Women and ILO conducted the first training on gender audit for employees of Bank of Palestine and BirZeit Pharmaceuticals Company. More

Press Release: UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process consults with representatives of women’s organizations in Gaza on their participation in decision-making on peace and security issues

14 December 2015

In the framework of the Open Days on Women, Peace and Security, representatives of women's organisations in Gaza met with Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, as well as Bo Schack, Director of UNRWA Operations iN Gaza, and Sabine Machl, UN Women Special Representative in Palestine, to discuss issues and challenges facing Palestinian women, and their participation in decision-making on peace and security issues. More

Promoting Equality and Diversity to Better Serve Palestinians

09 November 2015

How to attract and retain women was at the centre of the discussions of the workshop for the development of the PCP gender strategy beginning of November. With 300 females in its rank out of a total of 8,000 staff, representation of women in the police force continues to remain low and far below international average. More

The Central Election Commission and UN Women sign an agreement to enhance women’s political participation

19 June 2015

The Central Election Commission and UN Women entered in a new agreement to enhance Palestinian's women political participation. More

Call for Proposals "One Stop Shop"

02 May 2015

UN Women is launching a new call for proposals for interested non-governmental organizations and firms for the design, development and running of the services of a One Stop Shop. Interested organizations or firms are invited to submit their proposal by Friday 15 May 2015. More

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