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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.
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After every round of violence comes the refrain of not wishing to return to Gaza’s “business as usual”. Yet, when the dust settles and post-conflict flurry of interest dissipates, Gazans always return to their harsh status quo: a stifling blockade, underdevelopment and unemployment, to name but a few. Each of these chronic problems are lived by women, men, girls and boys differently.
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Jafra Nasser, 28, lives with her daughter Leen and son Omar, three and two years old respectively, in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza. She has a degree in nursing and works at the Ministry of Health. Unable to find a job in the Strip, her husband, a doctor, left for Germany three years ago and has been receiving training and hospital experience, in the hope of finding a job and filing for family reunification soon. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he has not been able to return to see his family.
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Salwa Iskafi, 62, has been living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem since 1976. Along with other families who have been living in Sheikh Jarrah for decades, Salwa and her family are at risk of losing their home to Jewish settlers after an Israeli court ordered their eviction.
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After living most of her life in Dubai, 43-year-old Natalie Abushahla moved to Gaza in 2003. She and her husband decided to build a life in their hometown where she has worked for many international organizations including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United States Agency for Cooperation and Development (USAID). Natalie has two daughters, aged six and ten years old, and a two-year-old son.
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Statement by UN Women Palestine and UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States. UN Women joins the United Nations Secretary General and other UN entities in voicing grave concern at the continuing violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian populations and killing of innocent people, including women and children.
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UN Women and UNFPA have received $3 Million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) to primarily support women- and community-led organizations working to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in Palestine.
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According to polled women in Hebron, gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent forms of violence in their communities. These violations are rarely reported to the authorities, rendering accountability elusive. To end this vicious circle, a group of women is learning how to detect, document and report early signs of conflict-related and domestic violence in their neighbourhoods.
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UN Women Palestine, in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Social Development, held a virtual ceremony today, Wednesday 7 April 2021, to launch SHAML project, aimed at “Enhancing the Protection and Reintegration of Furthest Left Behind Groups of Women and Girls Victims and Survivors of Violence in Palestine”.
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At the age of nine, Asmaa Al Attar was diagnosed with psoriasis. She got married when she was 20. Seven years later, she asked for divorce because of her husband’s abuse. Now, at 27 and unemployed, Asmaa lives with her two children in Rafah City in the Gaza Strip.
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Media plays a vital role in shaping perceptions of violence against women and girls and its impact. As part of the HAYA Joint Programme, journalists and media professionals are receiving training on ethical and non-discriminatory reporting on gender justice and violence against women.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.