Under its strategic area of "Women and girls live a life free of violence”, UN Women works towards improving the lives of women and girls, especially those most marginalized and furthest left behind groups. UN Women’s efforts on ending violence against women in Palestine are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the SDG5 and SDG16, and amplify through below interventions:

Haya: Eliminating Violence Against Women 

The HAYA programme focuses on changing harmful practices and attitudes that contribute to violence against women and girls within targeted households and communities. Men and boys will also benefit from the programme by engaging in various outreach and awareness raising activities.

This programme will be achieved through progress against three expected results focusing on:

  • Decreased harmful practices and attitudes that perpetuate and validate violence communities;
  • Increased access by women and girls of gender-responsive EVAW services (economic, medical, psychosocial, security and shelter) free of discrimination;
  • Strengthened institutional capacity to develop and implement legal policy frameworks that promote and protect women’s and girls’ rights with regards to VAW. 

The HAYA programme is funded by the Government of Canada and is jointly implemented by UNFPA, UN Habitat, UNODC and UN Women. 

Sawasya II, Rule of Law Joint Programme  

Sawasya II seeks to support the building of a progressively functioning and increasingly inclusive Palestinian rule of law system that respects, protects, and fulfils human rights and gender equality and promotes peace and security.

The main objective of Sawasya II has the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 and 16 at its core: focused on achieving gender equality and empowerment for women and girls (SDG 5) and on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies and provision of access to justice for all (SDG 16). 

The Programme aims at realizing the following outcomes:

  • Rule of law institutions are strengthened and reunified by legal, regulatory ad policy frameworks in line with international standards;
  • Service provision by rule of law institutions is effective, accountable and inclusive;
  • All Palestinians, especially children and vulnerable groups, have access to justice, security and protection without discrimination;
  • Women's access to justice and security are improved through gender-responsive service delivery and empowerment of women. 

Sawasya II is funded by the Government of the Netherlands, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and jointly implemented with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). 

Men and Women for Gender Equality 

The Men and Women for Gender Equality Regional Programme aims to respond to new challenges and opportunities regarding gender equality and women empowerment in the Arab States and in Palestine.

The programme is specifically designed to contribute to the following changes:

  • Communities have more gender-equitable attitudes and behaviours;
  • Key institutions (academia, faith-based institutions, media, Governments) and networks integrate and promote gender-responsive practices;
  • Laws, policies and strategies promoting gender equality are drafted, revised, and approved.

The Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme is funded by Sweden and works closely with the related governmental bodies and civil society organizations.