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This case study is part of a series of case studies prepared to showcase the inspiring work in the field of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment by the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) corporate signatories in Palestine to contribute to the knowledge sharing platform of good practices that can be useful for private sector companies working towards gender equality and women’s empowerment and the implementation of WEPs. This case study showcases how a Palestinian bank created a programme to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, which falls under Principle 5 “Enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices”.
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On 13 April 2021, the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan, unrest began in East Jerusalem after the Israeli authorities installed metal barriers outside the Damascus Gate, blocking access to a public area for Palestinians. Although relative calm was restored with the removal of the metal obstacles on 25 April, tensions were also heightened by the Israeli authorities’ imminent eviction of four extended Palestinian refugee families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, located in occupied East Jerusalem. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has stated that the evictions, if ordered and implemented, would violate Israel’s obligations under international law. Palestinians held daily protests in Sheikh Jarrah in support of the families, triggering confrontations with Israeli settlers and Israeli security forces. Between 7 and 10 May, widespread clashes erupted across East Jerusalem, particularly around the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Damascus Gate.
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The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the socio-economic crisis in State of Palestine in which women have suffered more than men in almost all aspects of their labour-market participation and wellbeing. More than one in every two critical workers in health and education is a woman. In these sectors, increased working hours to fight the spread of the virus revealed one line of pandemic burden that fell disproportionately on women.
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Gender-Sensitive Resilience Capacity Index: Gender-Responsive Management and Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arab States Region: From Emergency Response to Recovery and Resilience - Palestine
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The Guidance Note, produced through funding by the Government of Japan, includes practical tools and detailed recommendations to help stakeholders roll out high quality and gender-responsive CVA interventions.
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Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex. This policy brief explores how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and outlines suggested priority measures to accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts.
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This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations, in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis, with examples of actions already taken.
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One of the first comprehensive report on the situation of Palestinian women, the report explores the status of Palestinian Women in 8 sector areas - Health, Education, Social services, labor and employment, women and assets, access to justice, political participation and access to the public sphere - from key trends and challenges to strategic opportunities and policies priorities.
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The right to work is a fundamental human right enshrined in international conventions and treaties, as well as in local Palestinian laws. Women’s participation in the labour market is important for society – in addition to its role in empowering women and expanding their social and economic choices, women’s participation helps achieve satisfactory economic growth rates, reduce poverty and achieve the general goals of development.
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In its first issue, UN Women in Palestine Newsletter looks at the new developments at the Palestinian Civil Police Family Protection Units in combating family violence, reports on the visit of the Vice-Chair of the CEDAW Committee to Palestine, and discusses how to ensure that women's empowerment-related priorities are integrated in the national planning cycle.
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In the unstable and deteriorated political, economic and social environment of the occupied Palestinian territory, Palestinian women continue to sustain the pressures of social and economic insecurity and struggle to meet the basic needs of their family. The report analyses the contribution and impact of UN Women project ''Establishing, Rehabilitating and Activating Women’s Centres'' in improving capabilities of vulnerable groups of women in coping with their situation and seeking change.
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The cultural and creative industry in the occupied Palestinian territory is in dangerous decline. Decades of difficult economic conditions and periods of low tourism have caused workshops to close and production units to shut down. From the obstacles faced by the producers in marketing their products to the review of legal status related to industry, the study examines ways to revive this industry and preserve Palestinian heritage while contributing to strengthening and stabilizing the Palestinian economy.
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Initiated in 2004 in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sabaya was UNIFEM's (now UN Women's) largest programme in the occupied Palestinian territory, benefiting more than 25,000 Palestinian rural and marginalized women both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.