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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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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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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. Women more persistently lost jobs than men, particularly in the personal services, accommodation, and trade sectors.
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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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Clinical Management of Rape in the State of Palestine in the Framework of COVID-19
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There is no doubt that the impacts of natural disasters, armed conflicts, climate change, poverty, hunger and/or pandemics are differentiated by gender, age and different social circumstances that shape people’s vulnerability, resilience and coping mechanisms. Pregnant and lactating women have special needs linked to their nutritional status and the pregnancy and delivery outcomes. This policy brief produced through funding by the Government of Japan and the Strategic Partnership...
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These factsheets were produced as part of the Action Plan of the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) and the National Women's Coalition for the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Palestine. The factsheets were based on a national report on violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic prepared by the GUPW and the CEDAW Coalition with support from UN Women.
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Women play an outsized role in the care economy in the Arab States, performing 4.7 times more unpaid care work than men – the highest female– to–male ratio anywhere in the world.
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This brief suggests that domestic violence has increased in Palestine due to the conditions created by the COVID 19 pandemic, which in most cases resulted in a lockdown of survivors of violence with their abusers. With families in lockdown, helplines are seeing a surge of cases requesting a multitude of services.
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This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the access of women victims and survivors of violence to justice and security services in Palestine. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations, in order to ensure that perpetrators of violence against women are held accountable, and victims’ right to protection, remedy and reparation are maintained.
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This guidance note ensures the full inclusion of women’s rights in all aspects of decision-making during the COVID-19 emergency and addresses gender-specific vulnerabilities to be undertaken by all relevant government institutions, in partnership with civil society and the private sector, so that the emergency situation does not exacerbate existing gender inequalities in Palestine.
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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women Palestine Office conducted a flash online survey on the impact of COVID-19 on women-led MSME's employing up to 95 employees. The online survey was administered between 17-27 March 2020. In total, 301 women entrepreneurs from the West Bank and Gaza responded to the survey. The infographic report shows a summary of 301 women respondents across Palestine.
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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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A two-page fact sheet providing an overview of UN Women Palestine office's “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Decent Work”.
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A two-page fact sheet providing an overview of UN Women Palestine office's “Ending Violence against Women in Palestine”.
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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.
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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.
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This manual, which is closely associated with the Palestinian Referral System, is an illustrative and guiding tool for staff and workers to lead the reintegration process of women and girls victims/survivors back into the community. The roles and duties of the different partners are based on the referral mechanisms adopted in the Referral System document. Therefore, the Palestinian Referral System is an essential document complement to the reintegration guidelines.