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WOMEN-LED ORGANIZATIONS AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS ROLE IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION IN PALESTINE: BARRIERS AND OPPORTUNITIES
This report assesses WLOs/WROs roles in humanitarian action and proposes action-oriented recommendations (aimed at informing UN Women’s approach and strategy) tailored to the specific context of the oPt to strengthen the participation and leadership of WLOs/WROs in humanitarian coordination, preparedness and response. Furthermore, this analysis aims to identify challenges and opportunities in strengthening the role and leadership of WLOs/WROs in humanitarian action in the Palestinian context. It intends to bolster their role in the HCT in supporting humanitarian planning, design, coordination, advocacy, financing and partnership building with the long-term, strategic objective of ensuring that humanitarian action in Palestine is gender responsive, localized, equitable and timely.
In the oPt and around the world, there is an increasing recognition amongst humanitarian actors of the urgency to ensure that the different needs of women, girls, men and boys are taken into account and included in all humanitarian assistance (design, planning, implementation and monitoring). Failure to do so hampers an effective humanitarian response and may put beneficiaries’ lives at risk1. According to IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action2, integrating gender equality also reinforces a human rights-based approach to humanitarian action which improves programming by respecting and protecting the universally recognized rights and dignities of every individual as a human being. Incorporating gender equality in humanitarian action therefore enhances the impact of humanitarian strategies and interventions.
An Assessment of the Cash for Work Component of UN Women’s Project “Protection, Response and Preparedness to Address Needs of Displaced and Vulnerable Women in Gaza”
This document is an assessment of ‘Protection, Response and Preparedness to Address Needs of Displaced and Vulnerable Women in Gaza', funded by Japan. The findings of the assessment are that the Cash for Work intervention was assessed to be highly relevant and to have achieved its objectives. The women beneficiaries clearly appreciated the cash for work opportunities, the elevated social status they gained, the level of autonomy and the additional freedom to make their own decisions regarding household expenditure.
Are national priorities for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment reflected in the Palestinian National Development Plan 2011-2013 (PNDP) and its sector strategies, or embedded in donor and aid coordination activities? In the context of the review and development of the new Palestinian National Development Plan, the study provides a needed analysis and recommended actions to strengthen the gender perspective in aid and development effectiveness for donors, national partners and other development actors, including the United Nations.