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Zainab Al-Qolaq, a fine art artist, was a 22-year-old university student of English literature when she lost 22 members of her family, including her mother and three of her siblings, in an Israeli airstrike on her home in Gaza City. Through a series of paintings, she made afterward, Zainab tells her story and the moments she lived.
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In April 2022, the Government of Japan granted UN Women Palestine one million dollars for a one-year project to support women and girls in Gaza. The project attributes a special focus on supporting the resilience of women and girls affected by the May 2021 Escalation/Conflict in Gaza. Over 53 thousand beneficiaries are expected to benefit from this project, directly and in directly, in the span of a 12-month cycle.
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UN Women Palestine, alongside the State of Palestine represented by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Government of Norway, and the United Nations Development Programme, co-sponsored a virtual side-event at the Sixty-Sixth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) entitled “Climate Change in the Framework of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS) in the State of Palestine”. The event was organized in partnership with the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW).
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To mark the International Women’s Day (IWD), Palestine Exchange (PEX), in partnership with UN Women, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Palestinian Capital Market Authority (PCMA), organized the “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” virtual ceremony for the fourth time in Palestine, within the IWD theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, with a high level and wide range participation of national stakeholders.
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Women survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) are empowered through violence awareness and survivor sessions by PWWSD in partnership with UN Women through the HAYA Joint Programme.
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Thanks to the HAYA Joint Programme both students and parents had a chance to familiarize themselves with concepts of gender equality to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV). Teachers and school counsellors say that they have a better understanding of how to prevent and respond to violence in their schools due to interventions carried out through the joint programme, in partnership with UNFPA, the Ministry of Education and NGO Juzoor for Social Health and Development.
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On 9 December 2021, the Government of Norway and UN Women Palestine established AWAN (‘Now’ in Arabic), the Phase II of their programme aimed at supporting the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in Palestine, through a generous contribution from Norway of NOK 9 million.
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Survivors and victims of violence are more knowledgeable and aware of multi-sectoral quality gender-based violence services as well as ensuring access and quality of these services, through interventions by UNODC through the HAYA Joint Programme. At the Family Protection Unit, officers offer support to victims of gender-based violence, West Bank. Photo ©HAYA Joint Programme/Samar Hazboun “At first, I had a strong and nervous reaction to what was happening, and I was not able...
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PACES and UN Women Palestine held a “Fun and Sports Day” event to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, which was held in the Majid Asaad Hall in Al-Bireh - Palestine.
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The Cologne Mobile Exhibition arrived at its last destination in Beit Hanon-Al Ataa’ Charitable Society on Friday 10 December 2021 to conclude its 16-day tour of various Palestinian towns and villages that kicked off on 25 November 2021 in the West Bank of Sabastiya, near Nablus.
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As part of the launch ceremony of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls, a mobile exhibition titled “Cologne Mobile Exhibition” was opened on Thursday 25 November in the West Bank town of Sabastiya.
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Through the HAYA Joint Programme funded by the Government of Canada, UN-Habitat, in close cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government, Khan Younis Municipality, and the Palestinian Housing Council, inaugurated a new safe, inclusive, and accessible public space entitled the “Haya Promenade” for women, girls, and families in Khan Younis.
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Partners to the joint programme “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine” gathered for the third Regional High-level Strategic Coordination Committee meeting to discuss its progress in addressing structural issues related to women’s economic empowerment and access to decent jobs.
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In partnership with the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW), and with support from the Government of Norway, UN Women Palestine held its annual Open Day on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in the period 20-21 October 2021 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of UN Security Resolution 1325 and reiterate calls to promote Palestinian women’s role in peace and security.
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More stepped up support and resources are needed to boost efforts aiming to end gender-based violence against women and girls in Palestine, according to key stakeholders from the Palestinian government and civil society. The key stakeholders recommended allocating more human and material resources to fight GBV and help survivors, including the provision of well trained and properly equipped teams capable of dealing with women and girls in need of such services in various areas of Palestine.
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More than 50 representatives of UN agencies, civil society organizations, donors and other stakeholders took part in an online roundtable discussion on Wednesday 25 August 2021 to tackle the role of gender-sensitive cash and voucher assistance in responding to the needs of the whole population in Palestine, leaving no one behind.
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The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) network in Palestine has continued to grow in 2021 as the number of corporate signatories reached a total of 15 representing various economic sectors in July.
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UN Women-supported project aims to reinforce women’s leadership and participation in emergency response, including COVID-19, and equitable recovery. It is part of a larger programme on “Advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in Palestine.” Funded by Norway, this project aims at supporting the Palestinian institutions and civil society in implementing a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and increasing women’s participation in emergency response and post-conflict recovery.
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JERUSALEM – UNESCO and UN Women Palestine offices signed a partnership agreement on 1 July 2021 with the aim of enhancing the role of women and promoting gender-sensitive reporting in Palestinian media.The agreement, which will last until March 2022, encompasses various activities such as conducting a gender study of major media organizations and monitoring gender presence in five major outlets in Palestine.
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Mariam Shaqura, 46, is the Director of Women’s Affairs at the Red Crescent Society (RCS) in the Gaza Strip, where she has worked for 21 years. A mother of two girls, aged 13 and 8, Mrs. Shaqura talks about her experience during the recent escalation of violence on the Strip, and the damages caused to the Women’s Health Centre operated by RCS at the Jabalya Refugee Camp, one of the largest in Gaza.