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Press release: Virtual launch of the SHAML project in Palestine

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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”.

‘Because of my psoriasis, I have suffered so many forms of violence’

Thursday, March 18, 2021

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.

Promoting gender-sensitive reporting in the Palestinian media

Sunday, March 14, 2021

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.

“If beaten women remain silent, they would endure more violence.”

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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.

Ramallah centre steps up as front-line refuge for women amid COVID crisis

Monday, March 8, 2021

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.

Providing safe spaces for survivors of violence, even during COVID-19

Monday, March 8, 2021

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.

Press release: WFP and UN Women join forces to foster Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Palestine

Thursday, February 4, 2021

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.

From where I stand: “I am developing my mediation skills to encourage my daughter and her generation to engage in peacebuilding efforts”

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Amal Chehabi, a 59 -year- old Palestinian refugee woman living in Ein El Helweh camp in South Lebanon, heads the Palestinian nationalist social-democratic political party’s (Fatah) social department in Lebanon.

Preventing violence through education in the West Bank

Monday, December 7, 2020

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,...

Helping survivors of violence seek justice through forensic science in the West Bank

Monday, December 7, 2020

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.

In Palestine one couple shows the benefit of sharing the care at home

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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.

COVID-19 quarantine poses added challenges for women with cancer in Gaza

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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.

In Gaza, helping mothers reunite with children separated by the COVID-19 lockdown

Monday, July 13, 2020

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 371 Palestinian women.

New report from UN Women brings forth voices of Palestinian women under COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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.

Press release: COVID-19 risks creating and exacerbating women’s vulnerabilities and gender inequalities in Palestine, warns UN Women

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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.

The men who are standing tall against early marriages in the Gaza Strip

Monday, November 18, 2019

After taking part in UN Women’s Regional Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, men and boys have become change makers to promote gender equality and challenge the tradition of early marriage.

From where I stand: “My dream is to open the first baby photography studio in Palestine”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Doaa Eshtayeh, from Nablus, Palestine, found her talent and passion in photography and has made it her profession. Doaa is the main provider for her family, thanks to the support she received through a UN Women project that helped her develop her skills and buy the equipment she needed.

From where I stand: “I am the living proof of what you can do if you don’t give up hope”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Narjis Mohaisen lost her eyesight at the age of 13, but didn’t give up her studies. After graduating from university, through UN Women’s Cash for Work project in Palestine supported by the Government of Japan, she has discovered ways to support students with disabilities pursue their dreams.

From where I stand: “I went back to university to pursue my degree in Gender Studies; I am the only male student in the class”

Friday, November 9, 2018

Meet Imad Natour, a Palestinian police officer who specializes in domestic violence cases as part of the Family and Juvenile Protection Unit. The unit, supported by a joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, provides survivors of violence with medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection. The unit is also creating powerful gender equality advocates like Natour within communities.

For women in Gaza, having their own income is key to changing power dynamics at home

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Hayat Business Incubator (Food Incubator) initiative for women survivors of violence, supported by UN Women and funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), is piloting a comprehensive model for addressing violence against women by providing skills training and income-generating opportunities to five women who are survivors of domestic violence, while also providing them with essential services, such as psychosocial support and social workers who assist them in accessing legal aid.

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