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General Intelligence’s Gender Unit: Women’s participation is important in Palestine

The head of the gender unit at the General Intelligence, Colonel Hala Blidi, talked about the important participation of women officers in the General Intelligence. Colonel Hala also showed the major steps to integrate gender equality into the government policies and security sector reform that have been taken by the …

Gaza civil society organizations aim to empower women

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The ongoing Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip enters its 11th year with Palestinians suffering the ensuing crises that have affected all aspects of life in the enclave. Because women are a vulnerable group in society, a pressing need has emerged to support Gazan …

Bank project offers Palestinian women independence

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On July 5, the Ramallah-based National Bank (TNB) launched its latest version of Hayati (My Life), a program that targets women. The privately owned bank first introduced the program in 2015, focusing on savings accounts and offering a limited number of 0% interest loans for modest amounts. …

Update: Hearing of PLC member Khalida Jarrar and UPWC president Khitam Saafin

The first hearing for Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, president of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, was held today, 5 July 2017, at Ofer Military Court in Ramallah. During the hearing, the judge decided to extend the detention period of Jarrar to six additional days and Saafin’s to an …

DCAF Ramallah: Promoting gender equality in the Palestinian security forces and their conversion to the CEDAW Convention: Integrating gender in security sector reform: Closing conference

Closing the gender project conference DCAF, in close cooperation with the Gender Consultative Committee (GCC) and the Ministry of Interior, conducted a closing conference at the Ankars Suites and Hotel in Ramallah. Representatives from the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the GCC, aecid, …

Ashrawi: Adoption of UN resolution is a victory for Palestinian women and their rights

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) adoption of a draft resolution entitled, “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” which was recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women in its sixty-first session in March:“On behalf of the Palestinian leadership …

How Palestinian female inmates are getting a second chance

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The General Directorate for Correction and Rehabilitation Centers, affiliated with the Ministry of Interior and National Security, which is responsible for managing civil prisons, inaugurated the “Glimmer of Hope” exhibition on March 26. For two consecutive days, handmade products made by about 40 female inmates …

UN commission approves draft resolution on Palestinian women

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women approved a draft resolution on Saturday regarding the status of Palestinian women, including strengthening economic and social policies to enhance the situation of women in the occupied territory, while strongly condemning Israel’s human rights violations in the Palestinian …

65 Palestinian women and girls imprisoned by Israel as world marks Women’s Day

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — As the world marks International Women’s Day, 65 Palestinian women, including 12 minors, are being imprisoned by Israel “under dire conditions,” according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) on Tuesday. The 65 women are being held in Israel’s HaSharon and Damon prisons, where …

PCBS data reveals growing rate of Palestinian women in workforce despite challenges

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) marked International Women’s Day with a press release revealing persisting yet improving disparities between Palestinian women and men in the workplace in the occupied territory. Despite representing roughly half of the total population of 4.88 million in the occupied Palestinian …