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'If beaten women remain silent, they would endure more violence'

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Mona Al-Najmi, 34, is divorced and lives with her three children in the Maghazi Refugee Camp in central Gaza. The camp area is densely populated and lacks adequate infrastructure while its inhabitants face poverty and high unemployment rates.

Providing safe spaces for survivors of violence, even during COVID-19

Monday, March 8, 2021

Gender-based violence (GBV) rooms provide safe and private spaces for survivors of violence seeking medical, psychological, and social support in the West Bank and Gaza. Through the HAYA Joint Programme, UNFPA is working with the Ministry of Health in Palestine to ensure these safe spaces and services are available to everyone in need.

Ramallah centre steps up as front-line refuge for women amid COVID crisis

Monday, March 8, 2021

A One-Stop Centre in Ramallah has been pressed into service as medium-term safe accommoda-tion, a quarantine centre, and more, to ensure women have somewhere to escape violence at home throughout the pandemic and lockdown.

Press release: WFP and UN Women join forces to foster Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Palestine

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed an agreement to better support the State of Palestine to accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Press release: UN Women Palestine announces the youth members of the Gender Innovation Agora- Palestine (GIA)- Palestine Chapter

Sunday, January 10, 2021

UN Women Palestine announced the first cohort of Gender Innovation Agora (GIA) a consultative forum and platform for regular dialogue and advocacy around gender with youth in Palestine. 31 young leaders from Palestine were selected for their leadership and demonstrated contribution to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

In the words of Nida Hilaneh: “I am proud to promote a culture of healthy life for women in the village.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Nida Hilaneh lives in the village of Ein Areek, west of Ramallah City. After finishing a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, she worked at international private sector companies but her real passion was sports, so she decided to open a gym for marginalized women in Shuqba, where she works as a coach. Later on, she joined UN Women’s “One Stop Shop” project, a business development service hub providing technical and financial services to women-led Micro, Small and Medium enterprises. This UN Women-supported programme is implemented by the Business Women Forum in partnership with Headway Academy and funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

In the words of Hiba Hussein: “This project added value to my personal and professional life”

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Hiba Hussein, 33, is a Palestinian woman living in the Gaza Strip. After divorcing her husband, she was not able to financially support her 3 children and, in accordance with the law, her children had to move to live with their father. This motivated her to start a business to be able to get her children’s custody back. Hussein decided to join the “One Stop Shop”, a business development service hub providing technical and financial services to women-led Micro, Small and Medium enterprises.

Helping survivors of violence seek justice through forensic science in the West Bank

Monday, December 7, 2020

A vital pillar in the justice and security system, the sole forensic science laboratory in the West Bank seeks justice for survivors of violence. UNODC through the HAYA Joint Programme, is training laboratory technicians to help increase the likelihood of identifying perpetrators of violence and holding them accountable.

Preventing violence through education in the West Bank

Monday, December 7, 2020

A teacher works with students in a school in Ramallah, West Bank before the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: HAYA Joint Programme/Samar Hazboun Violence inflicts harm on women, girls, men, and boys of all ages throughout the world. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls has intensified and violence against school children in and outside the home is no exception. According to a survey by Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,...

A female inmate’s journey towards reintegration amidst COVID-19 in Palestine

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The provision of mental health and reintegration support services for women in detention is critical to ensuring their rehabilitation. A joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF in Palestine is supporting such interventions in a manner that empowers women and make them able to cope with new challenges -such as the COVID-19 crisis- in constructive and positive ways. In addition to receiving psychosocial support, female inmates like Nada are learning new crafts such as mosaic, embroidery...

Press release: Palestine moves forward in promoting women’s participation in peace and security

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Under the auspices of H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh and to mark the 20th anniversary of United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) on Women, Peace and Security, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in partnership with UN Women, presented Palestine’s second National Action Plan (NAP) to implement UNSCR1325 and further consolidate women’s participation in decision-making and peacebuilding.

Press release: Government and Partners discuss Women’s Rights in Palestine

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The General Union of Palestinian Women 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, with the support of UN Women, convened a roundtable discussion entitled “Palestinian Women's Rights between Accession and Implementation.”

Press release: Dr. Islah Jad discusses her book ‘Palestinian Women’s Activism’ at online event hosted by CARE and UN Women

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Associate Professor, lecturer, Gender specialist and former director of the Women's Studies Institute at Birzeit University in Palestine, Islah Jad, introduced and discussed her book “Palestinian Women’s Activism” at an online book discussion hosted by UN Women and CARE Palestine West Bank/Gaza (WBG).

In Palestine one couple shows the benefit of sharing the care at home

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ilham Edaes, a 28-year-old health worker in the West Bank, Palestine has been back to work, every day, since May, serving the hardest-to-reach communities through a mobile clinic that offers breast cancer screening. Edaes has a five-year-old son, Majd, who is growing up watching his parents share childcare and domestic chores – an unusual occurrence in the region, where domestic and unpaid care work is largely seen as women’s work.

COVID-19 quarantine poses added challenges for women with cancer in Gaza

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Due to shortages in COVID-19 testing kits, coupled with an already paralyzed health sector, the authorities in Gaza have designated quarantine centres for those returning from abroad to avoid a major outbreak in one of the world’s most densely populated areas. The situation is particularly difficult for cancer patients, like Marwa, returning from treatment in Israel and in need of specialized medical help, as their weakened immune systems leave them at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Press release: Women healthcare workers’ contribution to COVID-19 response in Palestine commended on World Humanitarian Day

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Ramallah. UN Women Palestine and CARE International partnered with Nisaa FM to broadcast a radio show discussing the role of women healthcare workers in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, UN Women hosted a high-level dialogue on women, peace and security in Palestine

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

On 9 July 2020, UN Women and the General Union of Palestinian Women held a virtual ‘Open Day’ on Women, Peace and Security in Palestine. The event, held for the fifth time in ten years, provided a platform for Palestinian women civil society leaders, senior government and UN officials to discuss the challenges in implementing the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in Palestine twenty years after its adoption. The event was generously funded by the Government of Norway through the programme ‘Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Palestine.’

In Gaza, helping mothers reunite with children separated by the COVID-19 lockdown

Monday, July 13, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown in Palestine left many women with no legal backing to secure child visitation and custody rights. Former partners took advantage of the legal paralysis to prevent mothers from seeing their children or to stop sending alimony. A joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF has trained lawyers and provided free legal aid for 371 Palestinian women.

Press release: UN Women and CARE Palestine WBG partner to promote gender equality

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

UN Women and CARE Palestine West Bank/Gaza launched today a joint campaign to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as part of the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, in partnership with civil society on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive blueprint to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality.

New report from UN Women brings forth voices of Palestinian women under COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Early into the COVID-19 crisis, UN Women, in partnership with Arab World for Research and Development, conducted in-depth interviews with Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza for a new study that sheds new light on the situation and needs of Palestinian women and girls.

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