Leadership and political participation
Geographic fragmentation, internal political divisions, multiple legal frameworks and limited jurisdiction of the Palestinian Government in the occupied Palestinian territory continue to have a considerable impact on the rights of Palestinian women and girls. Palestinian women remain underrepresented in decision-making bodies at various levels of public life and any gains continue to be precarious due to continuing political upheavals. Overall, in a context where both men and women, young and old, across communities in the occupied Palestinian territory, suffer from a lack of institutional infrastructure for civic engagement, women’s and girls’ engagement in public life remains low.
UN Women works on enhancing Palestinian women’s transformative leadership to participate in decision-making processes in all walks of life and supporting the incorporation of a women’s rights agenda in legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks. To this end, UN Women enhances women and girls’ access to public life, including civic engagement, as a crucial building block for their access to political participation. For this purpose, UN Women supports civil society organizations, including women’s community-based organizations, to build and test culture and gender-responsive civic education models, as well as to promote behavioral change at the community level on the importance of women’s engagement in civic, political and economic activities.