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In the words of Jana Mustafa: “Disability should not stop anyone from starting over”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jana Mustafa is a former employee of a local NGO and a survivor of violence. One day she hopes to open a small business to support her six-year-old son Jamal and prove that her disability is not an issue. More

Standing up for survivors in the Shari’a court every day: Ayah al-Wakil is determined to leave no woman behind

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ayah al-Wakil is a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip. Going to the Shari'a court every day to file cases on behalf of survivors of violence has been her morning routine since 2015. In November 2015, she was selected as one of the four female lawyers for a training with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, supported by the UN Women/UNDP joint programme, to defend women's rights at the Shari'a court. More

Palestinian Judges Visit Morocco to Widen Perspectives on VAW Specialized Judicial Services

Monday, October 16, 2017

14 Palestinian judges went on to a Study Tour to Morocco organized by UN Women Palestine Office on 9-12 October 2017. The four-day trip was the first Study Tour of its kind in Palestine that targeted VAW judges and aimed to expose Palestinian judges to best practices and experience of another Arab country with a progressive approach in dealing with violence cases against women. More

UN’s Open Day Event Puts Women in the Center of Peace and Security Agenda in Palestine

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A regional meeting on advancing the implementation of National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 took place in Amman on 22-23 August (Photo: Sana Dmoor) “This is the first time leading women rights organizations in the region gather and benefit from the experiences of neighboring countries, and draw on future directions together,” all participants said with one voice at a recently held meeting organized by UN Women Palestine in Amman, funded by the European Union.  The two-day... More

Coverage: UN Secretary-General visits One Stop Centre in Palestine to meet survivors of violence

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrives at the One Stop Centre for survivors of violence in Ramallah, Palestine. Photo: UN Photo/Ahed Izhiman On his first mission to Israel and Palestine in his capacity as UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres visited the One Stop Centre in Palestine on Tuesday morning, 29 September 2017. Established in April 2017 in Ramallah, the central town of West Bank, the One Stop Centre is a unique facility that provides... More

In Palestine’s first One Stop Centre, women survivors of violence feel safe, protected and empowered

Tuesday, August 29, 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

Women’s Rights Organizations from Six Arab Countries Call for Joint Advocacy Efforts on Women Peace and Security

Friday, August 25, 2017

A regional meeting on advancing the implementation of National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 took place in Amman on 22-23 August (Photo: Sana Dmoor) “This is the first time leading women rights organizations in the region gather and benefit from the experiences of neighboring countries, and draw on future directions together,” all participants said with one voice at a recently held meeting organized by UN Women Palestine in Amman, funded by the European Union.  The two-day... More

UN Women response to naming of a community centre in Burqa village in the occupied West Bank

Friday, May 26, 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the Centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016. The UN Women logo in the recent inauguration event was used without any prior authorization from the UN. UN Women is asking the community Centre, with immediate effect, to withdraw the UN Women logo from all public material, and not to use its logo for any events or... More

UN Women response to naming of a community Centre in Burqa village in the occupied West Bank

Friday, May 26, 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the Centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016. The UN Women logo in the recent inauguration event was used without any prior authorization from the UN. UN Women is asking the community centre, with immediate effect, to withdraw the UN Women logo from all public material, and not to use its logo for any events or... More

A path towards justice: judges' perspectives on VAW cases

Monday, March 13, 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

Tuesday, February 28, 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

Friday, February 24, 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

Thursday, February 23, 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

Friday, January 20, 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

Tuesday, December 13, 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

Monday, December 5, 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

Sunday, November 20, 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

Thursday, November 10, 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

Friday, November 4, 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

Monday, October 10, 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

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