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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.”
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.’
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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 many Palestinian women.
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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.
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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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Unless gender is integrated into national and institutional efforts to combat COVID-19 in Palestine, the pandemic’s socio-economic impact would aggravate gender inequalities and women’s vulnerabilities, according to a new gender analysis by UN Women.
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Call for Proposal for Responsible Parties (For Civil Society Organizations- CSOs)
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Call for Proposal for Responsible Parties (For Civil Society Organizations- CSOs)
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A 16-day joint campaign “Together Against Violence” was launched today, calling for prompt adoption of the Family Protection Bill and better access to services for gender-based violence (GBV) survivors. The campaign gathered a record-high of 68 national and international partners, which will roll out more than 100 coordinated activities throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.